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Alan’s Life Update at Age 25

Posted by on May 25, 2014

Alan’s Life Update at Age 25

“For all my ways are before You.” -Psalm 119:168b When I was younger, I obsessed over the number 25. I’m not really sure how it started, but I just remember seeing it in a lot of important events in my life. Over the years I kind of forgot about it because I’m too skeptical to be superstitious…but I had always been curious about what would happen to me when I turned 25. Now that I’m less than 2 months away from ending my journey through my 25th year, I thought I would just reflect on some things and talk about what’s next: As I write this, I just came back from evangelizing with some of our high school students. I can’t stop thinking about this one group that we met. They were so engaged in what we were saying and were asking some really good, thoughtful questions. What’s amazing to me is to watch this complete SHIFT in the mood of these conversations. It’ll start off with the group being reluctant to talk to us, laughing, joking and assuming we had some ulterior motive for chatting with them…and then all of a sudden…there will be this FOCUS; serious eye contact, interaction, and honesty between us all. It is at this point that I realized that these kids have probably NEVER heard the good news of Jesus Christ explained to them. How is this possible?! After explaining the good news, I asked the group if they believed in God. One girl looked down and said shyly, “I didn’t, but I might now based on what you just said.” I’m thinking…”based on what I said? I didn’t say anything clever.” And this is the real point that needs to be constant reminder in my life: It is the power of God’s Word that changes lives. It isn’t our cleverness, or our wit, or whatever else. “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men...

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