When God Gives, It Pours

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When God gives, it’s pours. “A life of service is a life of joy.”

God is so generous to us, and when we live in His services, we will experience countless blessings. This is what I’ve been learning through my recent experiences as a nurse missionary in the Masai Mara of Kenya.

Some people think it is hard to be a missionary: to leave your family and friends behind and go serve. To give up being paid in the United States, to sacrifice maybe cleanliness, or favorite foods, to give up luxury to live in the footsteps of other people groups and cultures.

I know there are challenges to being a missionary. I know there are sacrifices that must be paid. But I think time and time again, when you choose to follow God and serve where He wants you— the blessings far outweigh any “sacrifices” you might make. You can never out-give God. So when you start being generous with your money, your time, your relationships— the blessings just keep accumulating.

There are many ways to give and be a missionary. You don’t have to go overseas to represent Jesus and choose to live a life that witnesses about His love. Sometimes it is even harder to be a missionary in the states than it is overseas. When you are overseas, people recognize your work. People tell you “thank you for your service” or “good job”; sometimes you see the results of your labor quicker.

But when you are in America, sometimes the little things you try to do can get overlooked. It can get easy to get burnt out doing the sometimes mundane jobs of daily living. For me it is even hard to love each patient in the hospital when there are so many needs and so high expectations of nurses in the states.

No matter where you are working or living, whether God calls you to serve your neighbor or parents or a culture overseas, when we choose to love others and give to God we will experience more love and blessings ourselves. Sometimes our current work, or situations may be difficult and it may be hard to be faithful and make the right decisions. But God is watching us from above with love, and He will richly bless us for our service for Him. I just want to encourage you that no matter where you are in the world, and whatever work you are doing for God, not to give up. That God is faithful. He is stronger than anything the enemy can throw at us; and He will constantly provide for us- His children.

Colossians 1: 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

*Written by Brooke Bernhardt. Read more about her journey in Kenya at beautiful-journey.com

To Everything There Is a Season

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For most of the US, spring is either here or rapidly approaching. The air is slowly getting warmer, the daylight hours are longer and trees are budding and wildflowers are showing off their colors.  As a farmer, spring signals the start of a new season, winter crops are producing well but won’t last much longer. Summer crops need seeded, spring crops need transplanted, strawberries need weeding and the list goes on. At times like these,  it’s easy to get overwhelmed as everything needed to be done yesterday and new jobs keep coming up. Life is like farming; there are bills to pay, a home to clean, a car to maintain, a yard to mow etc. However, with all that goes on in our busy lives, we don’t have to be worried or stressed out because God’s children can trust everything happens in due season.

Let’s take a look at Genesis 1. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 ESV). Think about that. God had a huge task ahead of him, and He made a plan and followed through every step of the way.  Looking at the Creation Week, we see order: light illuminated the dark space, God separated the land from the water, then came the plant life, sea life and birds and animals. When all this was done, God said “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).  After everything was ready and in its place, God created His final masterpiece for the week: man. And after a time, He created out of man a companion – woman. Everything God did, He did with purpose and forethought; nothing was left to spur of the moment decisions.

The Bible says that everything has its own season. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV). None of us went from toddlers to adults over night, or skipped over college to walk across the stage to get our diploma without putting in the work.  If you have ever planted a garden or watched a deciduous tree go through the seasons of the year then you know that nature takes its time and never hurries. There is no instant gratification in nature. Planting a little seed in the ground, one wonders how it will ever survive to grow and produce fruit, let alone send up a tiny sprout, but it does. The very act of burying that seed in the ground allows for biological changes to happen that could never happen properly,  if the seed were left on top of the ground. The growth that the little seedling endures through each stage of life, prepares it for the next step.

In nature, all good things take time and it’s worth the wait till it’s ready. When life bogs us down, maybe it’s time to remember that we might be in the stage where “the seed” is underground and a growing process has just begun. While we are waiting for the “seeds” to grow, let’s keep watering them with the Word, keeping our face to the Son. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

 

Seth Shaffer

Generation of Youth for Christ Post-Conference Reflection

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Some have described GYC as a conference, while others have classified it more as a movement. The difference between these two is if the impact has lasted throughout the year.  According to the post-conference statistics, it seems that GYC is a year-round movement, not just a once-a-year event.

During outreach in Houston, TX, donations were collected for the cause of helping local refugees.  After the GYC Conference, the donation items collected were sorted into kits and distributed to local refugees families. These refugee kits included 73 cleaning kits, 96 family care kits, and 114 hygiene kits. Additionally, pop-up health clinics conducted short seminars and blood pressure screenings. The majority of the attending refugees hailed from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China. Post-conference work also included canvassing for Bible studies, in which 189 doors yielded 19 new individuals interested in learning about God’s Will for their life.

“I’ve had the opportunity to lead an outreach bus twice, and each time, I was surprised how quickly the time went.  From start to finish, the whole thing was incredibly fast and high energy,” stated Gregory Church, a Community and International Development Major from Andrews University and volunteer Bible study canvasser. “Thankfully, Jesus is already inside each house. He’s been there with them through thick and thin, and has asked you to play a role in the process.”

Alongside the various GYC chapters around the world, the continual development and lasting impact of the outreach programs are what cement GYC as a movement, rather than simply a conference. It is not an authority that points young people towards mission fields. Generation of Youth for Christ is service-minded young people coming together to learn more and serve in the best of their abilities.

 

Konner Dent

To the End – Re-cap

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At the cusp of the new year 3,144 young Seventh-day Adventists gathered for GYC 2018. Under the banner “To The End”, like-minded individuals from a diverse collective of countries, colleges, and upbringings met to share ideas, cultivate networks, and take Christ’s Great Commission to their world. “Jesus had a vision that every young person become a spirit-filled missionary to the end,” stated Gary Blanchard at the conference’s beginning. 

For GYC as a movement, this spirit-filled mission work means Iceland. Currently, the Adventist population of Iceland floats in the 500s, and while SDA ministerial efforts date back to the late 1800s, the country’s secular majority and imposed Lutheran history has always made it a difficult audience to reach. While the mission trip is scheduled for the summer of 2019, the preparation began during the Monday even plenary, with VP of Missions Jonathan Walter, who flew out from GYC to knock on the first door, live-streaming the event with 2,520 listening conference attendees. 

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Of course, this is GYC. Mission work is par for the course. By now, the outreach numbers
have been announced all over, with 32 buses, 11,058 doors knocked on, and 19,643 GLOW tracts handed out by over 1,600 attendees, with blessings not just limited to those inside the homes. “As a bus leader, I got to meet so many new faces who got on the bus looking tired or gloomy or nervous, and then less than four hours later returned to the bus rejuvenated and ready for action!” reflected Jacob Martin, a Senior Biology major at Southern Adventist University. “The energy on my bus was electrifying, and I was so thankful for the opportunity to serve in this way.” Sunday’s outreach yielded 584 requests for Bible Studies, (350 in English and 217 in Spanish), with 17 requests by refugee families in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Mandarin, Swahili, Urdu, Cantonese, Pashto, and Twi. And that doesn’t even include the impact made by GYC’s post-conference follow-up. Additionally, over one-hundred homes indicated refugee status, and requested kits for cleaning, hygiene, and family help, as well as English language and citizenship classes. “Every single refugee care kit delivered during post-conference were met by the donations garnered in affluent neighborhoods from outreach day.” reflected Tara Vang, VP of Evangelism. “God is good!”

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Which ends with the conference itself. Activate small group sessions provided a launchpad for participants to take evangelism and sacrificial initiative, the essence of GYC, above and beyond the conference. The prayer room and multiple seminars were filled to room capacity, while the plenary events were streamed online and on 3ABN, as well as translated live into Spanish for 3ABN Latino and interpreted for ASL participants. “What excited me the most were the different speakers that we were able to bring in, a very diverse and unique group, who might not be the most popular within Adventism currently, but have really important things to share and say,” VP of Programming RD Gallant reflected. “For all ages. I think GYC has an awesome opportunity, demonstrating how we should be handling discussions and issues and controversies within the Adventist Church. There is so much in this world that could be potentially distracting from our mission and purpose as Seventh-day Adventists, and a return to a real, living relationship with God – a revive of primitive Godliness – is what will help in solving our problems.” To quote Michael Goetz’s final morning message, “If we stop to fix and get everything we think should be right, we will miss out on what we are called to do.”

 

-Konner Dent is a freelance writer and licensed chef from Southwest Michigan

-Photo credits to GYC ECOM members

To Activate an Army

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It was 2010, and I was in the midst of an associate’s degree in Graphic Design at my local community college. Each week I had a four-hour lab for one of my design classes which basically consisted of sitting in a Mac computer lab working on a variety of projects. Next to me sat Josh. I can’t remember all the details, but I know Josh wasn’t the religious type. I think he had grown up with a minimal Christian background but had ultimately rejected it all for the party lifestyle. Each new week as we sat in class, he would share how he had been wiped out that weekend getting drunk, clubbing, and watching the latest movies. Each new week I’d listen with little to comment on, wondering if we had anything in common at all besides this class. He wondered the same and mentioned that I really wasn’t into anything he considered fun.

“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!”

For over a decade, GYC has referred to this statement from Evangelism, p.271 as one of the primary motivations for our existence. Few have bothered finding the preceding paragraphs to understand what exactly these workers are supposed to do.

“He who knows the depths of the world’s misery and despair, knows by what means to bring relief. He sees on every hand souls in darkness, bowed down with sin and sorrow and pain… …The burden of labor for these needy ones in the rough places of the earth Christ lays upon those who can feel for the ignorant and for such as are out of the way. He will be present to help those whose hearts are susceptible to pity, though their hands may be rough and unskilled.”

What is the work to be done? It is serving those in misery and despair, ministering to all who are bowed down with sin and sorrow and pain.

Then, we come to the paragraph just preceding the “army of workers.” It says:

“There is no line of work in which it is possible for the youth to receive greater benefit. All who engage in ministry are God’s helping hand. They are co-workers with the angels; rather, they are the human agencies through whom the angels accomplish their mission. Angels speak through their voices, and work by their hands. And the human workers, co-operating with heavenly agencies, have the benefit of their education and experience.”

What is ministry? Sometimes we have the idea that ministry is door-knocking, canvassing, Bible work, and public evangelism through Daniel and Revelation seminars. While these are all true, such a perspective is far too narrow.

One day, Josh decided to take a smoke break during one of our four-hour labs. I don’t remember how or why I ended up outside as well, but as I exited the building he stopped me to chat. He shared how weird it was that we had almost nothing in common, and yet even though he had the fun, party lifestyle, he felt like it was hollow, meaningless, and his life had no purpose. Yet he was confused that I didn’t do anything he considered “fun” like that, yet always seemed to have a sense of happy meaning and purpose to life. It just didn’t make sense to him. At that moment, I had the opportunity to stumble through sharing with Josh how God was the source of that meaning and purpose, and how without knowing God personally, I too had once sensed the same hollow, meaninglessness in my own life. I don’t think I ever had another spiritual conversation with Josh, and he never really had enough interest to study the Bible, but I know God placed me there right next to him for four hours a week at that point in our lives. That was ministry.

All around us, people are suffering. Some may suffer from physical needs, circumstances, or sickness. Many of them have a deeper hurt, however, a dull persistent ache for something more. I suspect most of us have also known it at some point. As we read above though, the question for us is: Do you feel for those who are out of the way? Are you willing to co-work with angels?

This year, I believe God has a calling for your life that is more than just a cookie-cutter approach to ministry. It may involve some tried-and-true methods, don’t get me wrong, but I believe we all have the opportunity to take that calling beyond just a career, interest, or hobby. For this reason, as part of GYC Beyond, we have published a workbook and are hosting a workshop every participant at GYC will get the opportunity to go through entitled “Activate – Find Your Calling, Fuel Your Passion, Fulfill Your Dreams.” It is our hope and prayer that as you go through this experience, God will guide you to find ways to serve him through your calling, passion, and dreams.

See you there!

Eric Louw
VP of Networking
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40 Days of Prayer

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We are living at the end of time. Our world seems more than ever divided, angry, violent, and even hopeless. The signs the Bible foretold in the books of Daniel and Revelation especially are being fulfilled in rapid pace. There is no more prophetic time left, we are living on borrowed time. But how are we to live as young Seventh-day Adventists in such challenging days? What is our most important work? What practical lessons does the Bible gives us to navigate through such solemn times as these?

1. Repent

As young people living at the knife edge of time, the Bible calls us to complete surrender and dependence on God. The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7: 14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Whether you consider yourself a liberal, a moderate, or a conservative, we are all sinners in desperate need of an all mighty Savior. God’s people at the end of time are going to be characterized by their meekness and relentless surrender to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the grace of God, we must learn now to have a genuine sorrow and hate for sin and a desire to reform – not for our glory but God’s glory. Before we blame a person, an idea, or an organization for the woe in the world, we must first look at ourselves in the mirror, our social media posting, our iTunes playlist, our friends, the words that we say about other people who do not think or look like us. It is often said that we recognize more quickly the faults in others that we struggle with ourselves. There is a reason that some of the first words spoken by John Baptist and Jesus where “Repent”. This is a matter of urgency and it is okay to submit to God and His Word and to renounce our sinful ways.

2. Become Biblically Literate

Secondly, we must be students of Scripture. A youth director was once quizzing some of is youth about their Bible knowledge, and asked them to give him about three verses supporting the Sabbath teaching. None of them could. One even tried using John 3:16. That is a wonderful verse, but the connection to the Sabbath doctrine might require some spiritual gymnastics. Most likely, that verse was the only verse he knew from memory. What is interesting to note is that most of these young people that participated in this exercise had been attending church most of their lives. But before we point a finger at them, how many of us can defend half of our 28 fundamentals doctrines using two verses for each or name the Ten Commandments in order from memory. The Bible says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You” (Psalms 119:11). Living at end of time, Satan knows that he has but a short time and is doing whatever he can to distract us and overwhelm with temptation and despair. He wants to destroy us. We might have all knowledge of the world but if we don’t know God’s word, we will be swept under a current of error. If we do not study, God’s word will not be hidden in our hearts now and we will separate ourselves not only from one another, but ultimately from God. But the more we earnestly study scripture the more loving we become, the more Christlike we shall be. Sister White concludes, “A true knowledge of the Bible can be gained only through the aid of that Spirit by whom the word was given. And in order to gain this knowledge we must live by it. All that God’s word commands, we are to obey. All that it promises, we may claim. The life which it enjoins is the life that, through its power, we are to live” (Education, page 190).

3. Be All In

Lastly, we must be resolute in our decision to follow Christ and His remnant movement to the end–even if it is not popular. We are often told to consider how to be relevant to society. This can be helpful. But more importantly we should ask ourselves: are we relevant to God? God is going to finish this work with or without us. God’s movement is the movement that will end all movements, and it does not get more relevant than that. And He has called you and I to be a part of His church – His Bride. We have a choice. But the Bible warns us that joining God’s prophetic movement will set you up on a collision course with the world. Jesus said:

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17: 14-17).

The closer we come to Christ the more we shall be tested on these points. If the world hung Him on a tree, why should we expect any less? We must ask ourselves, Who do we serve? Am I willing to stand for truth though the heaven falls? Is my identity in Christ more valuable to me than my identity in the world? Such a resolute stand for Christ can only be aided by the power of prayer. Jesus himself spent much time in prayer (John 17). When he faced the cross, He was seen in prayer in the garden. Such is our example of faithfulness in the last days. If Jesus needed to pray, how much more do we? This is why at this GYC, we want to make prayer a central focus of our conference. We want to surrender, claim God’s promises, and be faithful till the end. We want to dare ourselves as youth to take sacrificial initiatives for Christ. Hence, to set the spiritual tone of our conference, we want to invite you to join us for 40 days of prayer leading up to GYC. We will begin on November 17. We will claim a Bible promise and a theme for each day. Once at the conference, we will gather together from all four corners of the world in the prayer room early Sabbath morning and every morning at GYC, seek God’s face together, and see what He can do when His people who are called by His name shall humble themselves and seek His face.

 

 

 

Moise Ratsara
President // GYC
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The Power of a Positive Mind in Leadership

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After 400 years in Egyptian captivity, the Israelites were finally on the edge of the Promised Land. While camping in the wilderness of Paran, God charged Moses with sending out 12 spies into their soon-to-be home that flowed with milk and honey. One representative from each tribe gathered around Moses for a briefing on their mission. As Moses concluded his instructions for the spies, he said, “Be of good courage” (Numbers 13:20, NKJV). But after 40 days of exploring the land God had promised to them, ten of the twelve somehow lost sight of the most critical part of Moses’ message: Whatever you see there, no matter how intimidating it may seem, be strong and take courage.

The unbelieving spies launched into a pessimistic PowerPoint presentation while the crowd munched on juicy Canaanite grapes. “This is way out of our league,” they said. “Sure, the place is amazing, a sight to behold, fertile, and abundant, but…” I can imagine the low hum of the listeners increase in decibels as the fake news sunk in.

Caleb, realizing what was happening, jumped up to silence the crowd. “We can do this!” he shouted. “Let’s get going now and claim what is ours.”

But the others weren’t quite finished with their version of the story. “Never in a million years could we take on these people! They all do CrossFit. We’ll be eaten alive.”

That was enough to get the people wailing and complaining to Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! (Numbers 14:2, NKJV). Or if only Gideon’s valiant army of 300 had been alive back then.

God gave them what they wished for—death in the wilderness. Their unbelief was enough to seal their fate. Only a couple people beyond their teen years would see the land that they had been wandering toward, simply because they fell for the propaganda of negative leaders.

We don’t have to be casualties of our own negativity or leave a string of victims in our gloomy path. If you want to practice the power of positivity, try these three steps:

1. Reject

Due to the cosmic conflict raging around us, we have to fight to develop and maintain a positive mindset. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NKJV).

The moment you sense negativity on the rise, recognize that your mind is caught in the crossfire of the great controversy, and reject the thought. Use the weapons you have at your disposal to take that negativity hostage. That leads us to the next step.

2. Replace

Some people won’t leave home without a pocket knife. But as we struggle to be positive, one weapon to keep close at hand is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17, NKJV). Replace your negative thoughts with what is true, lovely, commendable, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Turn to the Scriptures to inform your way of thinking. Claim a promise to counteract negative thoughts.

Besides replacing your choice of words, change your tone of voice. It may seem insignificant, but it does affect those around you. “A defective tone of voice, an ungraceful manner, or any other defect, will surely be reproduced in others” (The Review and Herald, October 28, 1890).

3. Rejoice

Praise is a form of preventive medicine, like taking a contrast bath before you notice any cold symptoms. Even when you aren’t bombarded by negativity, celebrating God’s goodness can keep unfavorable thoughts at bay. Follow the example of the David, who said, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1, NKJV).

Had those 10 spies put a halt to their negative mindset, which swept through the camp like the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages, thousands upon thousands of lives would’ve been spared. But the Bible is full of examples of those whose positivity in leadership impacts our faith to this day. “Time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life” (Hebrews 11:32-35, ESV).

That “cloud of witnesses” has yet to receive what was promised to them (Hebrews 12:1). However, they didn’t wallow in pessimism to the point of losing all hope. Instead, they kept on working for God’s kingdom and held on to the positive truth that He would one day “[bring] them to their desired haven” (Psalm 107:30, ESV). Their testimony can be ours. So be of good courage.

 

Naomi Jackson
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CREATION: Created to Live a Healthy Life

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As a full time nurse working in a busy hospital, it’s easy for life to begin to become one giant blur—especially when it comes to work. I care for many patients with different illnesses and situations, and yet so often I find myself looking at my patients or reviewing their charts and thinking how much could be avoided by simply following God’s plan in regards to health and life. I heard it quoted once that at least 75% of patients who end up in the hospital system today could have avoided their visits and the countless dollars spent if they had just followed the eight laws of health.

Although I’m sure most of us are very familiar with the traditional NEW START acronym and its principles (think nutrition, exercise, water, sunshine, temperance, air, rest and trust in God), I wanted to look at things from a different perspective using the CREATION acronym from Creation Health—same principles from a fresh vantage point.C – Choice. It’s interesting when you pause to consider how the choices you make alter everything about your life. Some choices may seem minor or of little consequence in the grand scheme of things, yet we are told in Scripture that “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” and that “he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” Galatians 6:7, 8. When we look at life from this perspective, we see that our choices matter and eventually will determine our destiny.

R – Rest. Having worked night-shift at the hospital for months, it has become clearer to me than ever how important getting adequate rest is for our bodies. While it may seem like we can push our bodies to the edge, especially when we are young and healthy, it takes a greater toll than we might realize. I’ve found this to be true for me personally as I’ve just transitioned to day-shift and am finally starting to catch up on my sleep deficit. Not only is daily rest important, but God also knew what He was doing when He said, “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” Exodus 20:8. Prioritizing spending time with Him on Sabbath as well as physical rest during the week is crucial to living a healthy life.

E – Environment. Although many things in our environment are beyond our personal control, there are many things we can alter in order to put ourselves in the best position for the most favorable outcome and best spiritual growth. From those we choose as our closest friends to the atmosphere we create in our lives and homes, each thing makes a difference in how we view the world as well as our relationship with God. Scripture tells us, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” 2 Corinthians 3:18. Truly, what we behold changes us.

A – Activity. A lot of people shy away from the term exercise because of the self-discipline required to actually be faithful in any kind of exercise program. On the other hand, some people love to exercise and make it a priority. Whatever the case may be, physical activity is an important part of a healthy life. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” Ecclesiastes 9:10. Even though it can be difficult to fit in around a busy work schedule sometimes, I have personally been seeking to make it more of a priority in my life.

T – Trust. Probably all of us have experienced the heartache and pain of our trust being broken by people in our lives. However, the most beautiful thing is that God never breaks trust with us no matter how far away we may find ourselves. God provides a constant in our lives and we can commit our lives to Him and know that He will never let us down. “In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them all the days of old” Isaiah 63:9.

I – Interpersonal Relationships. God created us to be relational beings from the beginning of creation. From sanctioning marriage to establishing what our human-divine connection should look like, God is all about relationships. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. for if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10.

O – Outlook. Undoubtedly we meet some people who have a sour attitude about life and others who are full of positivity. Just this last week I had the privilege to take care of patients with both perspectives on life and it is amazing how draining negativity can be while positivity is so energizing. Our mind has a strong influence on our body and in turn our health, so it is important that we maintain positive attitudes in life. The Bible addresses this very impact of our minds saying “for as he thinks in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:7.

N – Nutrition. Although last in this acronym, having the right nutritious fuel to feed our bodies is just as imperative as all the rest. On a whole, our society has dramatically shifted in what kind of food we eat and in turn, we have seen a rise of obesity and other health problems — many of which stem from unhealthful eating. Next time you fill your plate with food, take a look and make sure you are feeding yourself with the best fuel for your body system! “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

In summary, God has given us many guidelines for optimal health and if we seek to follow His ideal, we help to fortify ourselves and cultivate a healthy body and spirit. We may not be able to avoid all illness or disease because we live in a sinful world, but the most important thing is to live in harmony with God’s plan so that we are ready to live in a perfect world when He comes again.

 

Glesni Mason
General Vice President
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GYC Beyond 16 – Why You Should Volunteer for GYC

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Every movement is made up of people – and GYC is no different! Year after year thousands of young people come together to attend the GYC Conference but it’s behind the scenes where the action really takes place! The backbone of organizations like GYC is made up of volunteers. Without the quiet, unseen work of these volunteers throughout the year, the yearly conference would never happen. In this episode of the GYC Beyond Podcast Esther Louw interviews Carl Brugger, a long-term GYC volunteer with a passion for using his talents to serve Jesus.

GYC Beyond 15 – How to Get Involved in Medical Missionary Work

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In Testimonies to the Church Volume 8 page 77, Ellen White wrote: “The medical missionary work is to be to the work of the church as the right arm to the body.” She went on to state that “The medical missionary work is the gospel in practice.” Clearly, medical missionary work is important, but what is it and what are some practical ways you and I can get involved? Join Esther Louw in this episode of the GYC Beyond Podcast as she discusses these questions and more with Dr. Lela Lewis.