The weekend before last, I took a group of young men from the University of Texas camping. I’ve been discipling these 5 young men, along with others at UT for the last 5 months or so. They are an incredible group who has a growing passion for joining God on mission.
As you can see from this photo, we had plenty of time to goof off. We went hiking around the Colorado River, to the Gorman Falls and around the Colorado Bend State Park. We ate manly food over a propane fire (there was a burn ban), and made some goofy light painting photos.
As you probably know from your own experience, 18-22 can be a confusing time in life. College students feel pressure to figure out who they are going to be and what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. This confusion is exponentially multiplied by the messages they receive from their very unChristian professors, peers, culture and media.
One of the graces God has put on my life is to help people as they set out to discover what they should do with their lives. And so my goal with this weekend was to begin the process of discovering how God made them.
I am of the belief, that God designed each of us in His image, but with a unique fingerprint. That is, we are one of a kind. We were not made to fit a mold. And what is more, our specific calling in life is a reflection of that design.
And so discovering that design should be of the highest priority for someone who hasn’t yet discovered it.
So I started each of them on a journey to reflect on their past in order to give us a window into their design. I asked a simple question that one of my dear friends and mentors once asked me.
“Tell me about a time when you felt the most alive.”
You see it is at this moment when a person feels the most alive, that they are living the most into who they were created to be. This feeling of being alive is a marker that what we were doing in that moment is right. The good Father wants us to have the most full life possible. And that can only happen, when we are being who He created us to be, not who the world wants us to be.
We had a powerful time sharing these stories with each other and allowing the others to speak truths to them about how that story reflects God’s design for them. As you can imagine, discovering your design in the midst of our confusing world takes some time. But we made some great progress towards that end this weekend.
If you want more info or help on discovering your design, hop on over to my buddies website. http://designdiscovery.com