We are officially in Mississippi and in our orientation week!
For the summer we are partnering with Crane Creek Baptist Church (CCBC) here in Perkinston as a host for our worship nights and general living campus for our team and subsequent youth groups that are working with us. We’ve been in and out of Gulfport for laundry and to do the essential Wal-Mart runs. So far, things have been excellent! Although, it definitely feels like the calm before the storm! haha
We are all so excited to have students here and to really start to get to work within the surrounding community. We already have over 4 worksites confirmed and the construction team is finalizing the project list today. Team dynamics have been awesome and I can’t wait to really get my feet wet here with the flow of the week.
God has been working in me personally in several ways. As many of you know, I don’t have a problem stepping up into leadership roles. However, what I’ve discovered about myself is that when I am a leader, in a team, in a new environment, I have the tendency to micro-manage, speak up before others and eerily answer questions that were directly asked to someone else (weird right? haha). Basically, the hard work of trying to suppress that “over-passionate Cody who tries to do everything” in Jacksonville has gone kaput here in Mississippi temporarily. Though he comes with some cool features (I heard he makes some excellent green beans), that Cody is not the one who I want to be this summer, or really the rest of my life. Because of this realization, scripture has become so much more important and integral to my daily routine. In it, I have been seeking out how I can be a servant leader, including how to effectively be a team player, trusting in the capabilities of my fellow servants and simply being patient. The most important truth I’ve recognized again and again is that God is in the details. This was one of the coolest things I learned from my China experience that really just hit me while I’ve been here. It is our choice to see Him, to recognize His presence and to rely on that faithfully. What we are doing here could not be done without Christ, so I am sowing into that truth, knowing that in the end God is in the details. Always. His sovereignty over this summer and our lives in general is not something I can take for granted or forget, but continuously be mindful of and obedient to.
With that said, my prayer requests for the next few days are:
+ seeing God in the details
+ ease to the apprehensiveness of our first weeks
+ His presence with the construction team as they finaliuze the worksite details
+ that the Holy Spirit would move through me to not only speak to students, but to speak to my team members and church leaders. That my words would be saturated with His Word.
I was reading through Colossians yesterday and ended up meditating on a couple of verses that I pray will be my goal for the summer and on into the rest of my life. I hope they will serve as an encouragement to you as well as I end this post with Colossians 3:16-17 (ESV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.