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Do Something Hard

do something hard

do something hard

In a world with devastation, heartache, tragedy and darkness in every news cycle, I often feel the temptation to withdraw…to become complacent, like much of my generation.

It seems easier to get lost in my gym routines, my toddler’s newest word or bruise, career hopes, family dreams. But my heart yearns for more. As a Christ follower, I know the decree He gives us to GO. I know I am blessed in order to be a blessing. I know I am made to roar, and fight injustice, and battle against principalities and powers. But when will it stop? What good will this one good work do? Will this one act make any difference what so ever? It is in these moments, when we are asking these questions, that we must choose to continue to lean into the chaos, push into the conflict, address the tension. When we find ourselves begin to withdraw into our personal world, it is time to say “yes” to the fight.

God’s specialty is bringing wholeness in the midst of the brokenness.  In the right-here-and-now of what seems like this hopeless reality, He sits in authority and calls each of us into action for His glory and our good.   When the brokenness of the world seems like too much to handle, and like our work won’t make a difference, that is when we MUST take action.  

These are the times to suck it up, and do something hard. 

I have received some inspiration lately from this poem:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;

It was never between you and them anyway.” – Mother Teresa

It would be easy to sit back and choose to be indifferent towards the seemingly never ending cycle of evil. This choice would not cost me anything, except an occasional guilty conscience.  The hard thing is to lay down our lives in the hope that we will indeed find true life as we lean into the chaos, not away from it, and do something hard.

This choice will cost us everything, but it’s a fair price.

Are you ready to do something hard? Want to shake off the passivity of our generation and FIGHT the darkness?

Join us for a Discipleship Training School and watch the Lord use you in incredible ways!

Why I believe in the DTS

Why I Believe In DTS

WHy I believe in the dts

I believe in the DTS. The Discipleship Training School is just what it says it is. It not only teaches one how to disciple the nations, it also (perhaps even more importantly) teaches one how to BE DISCIPLED.

Why is this so critical? Isn’t our aim to reach the lost for Christ? Why worry about ourselves?

Indeed, our goal as an organization is to send waves of missionaries into every corner of the world, to see the lost found, the hungry fed, the lonely met. But in order to sustainably do this, we must first learn to be continually molded into vessels capable of delivering His perfect peace.

In order to be effective in the Christian life, let alone missions, we must never overlook our own heart for the sake of the nations. If the gospel isn’t radically real to us, if its stunning messages don’t awaken us first, we will fizzle out and be serving from numb hearts. And when this happens, which is sometimes inevitable, we must know how to be discipled, how to be led, and how to be helped.

We aren’t built to carry the Great Commission on our own strength, intellect, skills, or anointing. Through every step of our life, we must depend on the faith family to support us in many ways.

The DTS is a place that allows a young person to look in the mirror, for perhaps the first time, and analyze the scars, the beauty, the design, and the purpose of their being. During the DTS, you are able to ask the deep down questions, seek out the Face of Truth, develop your faith, and receive teaching from those who have gone before you.

https://www.ywamasheville.org/ywam-dts/In my DTS, I learned that my answers to to my own questions would fall short every time. I need the wisdom of Scripture, the experience of my elders, the insight of my leaders and love of my peers to experience Christ. I learned that in order to grow into the woman I am made to be, I must have people around me speaking truth into my life, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. To lift my face when it has fallen, to breathe life into me when I’ve grown weary. The DTS taught me how to be discipled, how to be loved, and how to sustain a life of discipling others.

Join us for the next Discipleship Training School! You’ll never be the same.

Fear is not a sin.

Fear is Not a Sin

fear is not a sin

 There is a battle.

Both a seen and an unseen battle for our lives.

We may have glimpses into the battlefield for a moment, but rarely are we aware of the weight our choices carry in eternity, or the importance of our hearts.

 

 There is a victory.

Victory, however, is intentional.

Wars are not won by coincidence. They are strategized, deliberate and costly.

 There is a God.

There is a Creator who orchestrates heaven and earth, down to the molecular level,

who has plans for you, a journey beyond compare…

but this inheritance must be fought for. Sacrificed for. Chosen.

Have you fallen asleep within the war?

Have you heard a battle cry that caused you to hide rather than roar?

Friend, fear is not the Enemy, but it is one of his favorite tools to disable our potential.

Fear is not a sin, but our obedience to it is.

And it is here that we lose our way.

So how do we win the war? How do we find the path again?

We choose to serve alone the Commander in Chief who has already won on our behalf.

In His victory rests our fortune, our adventure, our life.

 

Are you letting fear make your choices? Are you stuck? Has your passion been lost?

Wake up to the war cry, pick up your sword, knowing your victory is already eternally secured.

If you are hungry for this freedom, longing for direction,

come, do a DTS, and encounter your victorious Creator.

3 Signs You Should Do A DTS

3 Signs You Should Do a dts

3 Signs You Should Do A DTS

1. Are you thirsty?

“He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” John 7:37b-28 (The Message)

Jesus has revealed to His Creation that He alone truly satisfies, and He alone will serve us never ending cups of cool living water. The DTS is for the thirsty, those who have begun to realize that the world around us can not quench the ever present yearning for purity, for rest, and for truth.

2. Are you burning?

“But if I say, “I will not remember Him

           Or speak anymore in His name,”

           Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire

           Shut up in my bones;

           And I am weary of holding it in,

           And I cannot endure it.” Jeremiah 20:9 (NAS)

 

The truth of the gospel is a flame within us. It is meant to be a light by which we lead others to the cross of Christ. But if we keep our mouths shut, if we remain motionless in our comfort and refuse to speak out in faith, we will burn from the inside out. The DTS is for those who ache to share truth, for those who long to be trained on how to release this light into the world, and for those who can keep silent no longer.

3. Are you willing?

“Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)

We live in a world that is obsessed with comfort and personal rights. We’ve been told our whole lives to prioritize our own personal welfare above all else. But what if this is a false safety? What if true comfort lies not in an unending bank account, a relationship, a status? What if true comfort lies, instead, in the hands of a sacrificial Savior? The DTS is for anyone who realizes that life is too short to take another step without the leadership of Jesus, for those who have a voice crying out in their heart, “Here I am, Jesus, send me!”, and for those who desire to lay aside their personal agenda in order to follow in His footsteps, no matter the cost.

The Discipleship Training School offers a place and space to explore, to wrestle, to seek, to find, to ask, to dream, to ponder, and to chase.

The DTS is for anyone with a thirst for the extraordinary, a hunger for the eternal, an aching to see oneself and one’s generation transformed for the glory of God’s love, and a willingness that says, “take me anywhere, Lord, I’ll do anything”.