Stretched to Fit

My name is TEE and I am one of the volunteer youth leaders, as well as one of the smiling faces you see at The Connection Center. I have attended Ventura Missionary for about five years. During my journey here, the Lord has spoken to me many times. He and I have gone round and round, having many heart-to-hearts. I can tell you this: when the Lord wants your attention, He WILL get it!

Have you ever been sitting in a service and felt that every word being spoken in the message was meant "just for you?" That's exactly what happened to me two years ago when the team returned from Mexico. As a congregation, we watched the video on the screen of the smiling faces of the children at Door of Faith Orphanage. As I sat, wrestling with every emotion imaginable and trying to hide the tears, it was that very moment that the Holy Spirit began working on my heart. I began to ask myself, "What can I do and how can I be a part of something like that?" I have a soft spot for young people, especially little ones. It wasn't too long after that when I heard Pastor Doug speak. The same uneasy feelings once again flooded my soul...Only this time, it was like I had been hit by a ton of bricks! I again asked myself, "What can I do and how can I be a part of something like that?" I realized that I had been coming here for nearly four years and I still really didn't know a lot of people. I saw them each week, but I didn't step out of my comfort zone and say, "Hello...what can I do? How can I feel more like part of this family? Where and how do I fit?"

I finally had the "aha" moment, and it was time to surrender. I didn't know how all the pieces would come together and fit, but the Lord took care of that Himself, opening the way for me to connect with people and eventually be able to do the things that I am passionate about. Being an extremely social person, I found The Connection Center a perfect fit for me. I now get to smile and say hello to those faces I see each Sunday morning. But the Lord wasn't about to let me stop there. Once I was comfortable with that, He added a little more to my plate. I found myself sitting in the Student Ministries new leaders orientation last year. Being a retired teacher, I knew I could do it. I just wasn't sure how, at this season of my life, I would fit in with young people. Once again, I found myself stepping out on faith and attending winter camp. It was there that I fell in love with the high school girls. A few months later I was headed to Mexico for the missions trip. (Talk about stretching yourself!) I returned home with an entirely new outlook on what it means to truly be a "servant" of God. The icing on my cake was being able to attend summer camp, I thought I was going just to help our young people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I couldn't have been more wrong., It was during our time together that short week what God Himself worked through the eyes and mouths of our young people and select leaders and mentors of this church. It was there that I discovered the "Real Me" created by God. There is absolutely no doubt that I am truly doing what God has called me to do. I will no longer be afraid to step out on faith, nor to be stretched beyond my comfort zone. As I say yes to the little things that God trusts me with, He gives me something a little bigger. It is there in the uncomfortable times when you are being stretched that you grow and learn more about who you are and what His plan is for your life. It has been an absolutely amazing adventure finding my fit. I'm excited to see what God has planned for my next adventure.

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