At the beginning of 2019, I took a trip to Washington D.C. to go to the Passion Conference. The Passion Conference is a conference specifically for college aged students to learn more about Christ. I went to Passion with my church. It was a great experience for me. I definitely learned a lot, and I believe my relationship with Christ grew during and after going to this conference.
The most powerful thing I realize while I was on this trip was to not doubt God. In the last session that was taught by Louie Giglio, he was mentioning the story of Thomas doubting. This is the story where Jesus walked through the wall, and Thomas wanted Jesus to show him his wounds. This story is found in John 20. After hearing this I realized that I sometimes I doubt God as well. I know that God has great plans for my future, and I have seen God do better than I could imagine in the past. Though I sometimes doubt if God will continue to show up in my future.
I sometimes think that I am on a dock about to get on a boat. I question if I should take the first step into that boat. I think this is rooted in fear and uncertainty. I might ask God, “Should I really get into the boat?”. Other times I realize that I just jump in the boat without hesitation, but then I question God if he’ll actually keep the boat afloat or if he’s about to sink the boat that I am on. I realized that I shouldn’t question God, and trust that even if He sinks this boat then that is a part of his plan.
On this trip I built relationships that could be lasting. When I bought my ticket to go to Passion the only person I knew that was going on the trip was my brother. Prior to leaving for the trip I knew my brother and two other friends that were going on the trip. Those three people were the only ones I knew out of the 30+ people that went on the trip. I now probably know about 20-25 people that were on the trip, and most of these people I would now call friends. There wasn’t one person that I met on the trip that I couldn’t see myself getting to know better in the future.
Overall, this was a great trip for me and I am extremely thankful that I had the opportunity to go. I’ll hopefully remember this trip for a long time, and I hope that I have the opportunity to go to Passion again next year.
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones” ~Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV
- “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind” ~James 1:6 ESV
- “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” ~Matthew 18:20 KJV
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