Published on January 16th, 2013 | by Brett Harris
Thank you for all the stories you guys have already shared with us! Keep sending them to brett [at] therebelution [dot] com. Today we’re sharing the first of many submissions — from an 18-year-old named Camden. You can learn more about Camden by visiting his counter-cultural blog: Counter Cultural.
Camden shares a story about small acts of faithfulness, stepping outside his comfort zone, and obeying God even though he couldn’t see the fruit for years. This is an excellent reminder to all of us that doing hard things is a lifestyle, not a single event. Though we’d all like to make a big splash today — often our quiet faithfulness over long periods of time has an even greater impact.
In the summer of 2010, I met a kid named Nick at a summer camp where I worked. When I met Nick, I decided that I wasn’t going to let this connection slip past me. For a semester I forced myself to call him week after week and invite him to my youth group (if you didn’t know, phone calls were a major phobia for me). Many weeks he wouldn’t come; on weeks that he did, he seemed lost from the lessons.
When I left my youth group for college, I seriously wondered if anything I had done would last. I kept Nick along with a couple other friends on a short list of people I was committed to pray for through the school year.
Coming back for the summer, I saw Nick weekly during Ultimate Frisbee with friends from church. There wasn’t any incredible ministry, just living life and being a friend to him. When my friend’s graduation rolled around, I was convicted to ask if there was any way I could pray for Nick. When I saw an opportunity to sit down with him, he surprised me by starting the conversation.
“I’ve never really told you this before,” he said sitting next to me, “but I just wanted to thank you for all you did for me.” He then told me how thankful he was that I had invited him to youth group, how thankful he was that I had introduced him to some guys that are now some of his closest friends. All this paled when he told me how much closer he was to Jesus because I had lived and loved like Christ.
So what about you? Do you wonder if your actions really show through to your friends? Take a rain check on your worries and keep living as Christ to them. We honestly cannot overestimate the power of praying for our friends and living as Christ’s ambassador with them.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” — 2 Cor. 5:20