Summer ’08–One Thing

May 15, 2008

This summer is going to be full of lots of things for me–good things. On Sunday, I leave on a missions trip for Uganda for six weeks. As one friend recently put it, the trip will be full of ministry, ministry, and more ministry. When I get back, I will be working as a youth intern at Compass Bible Church in Orange County for six more weeks; this time will also be filled with ministry. My last three weeks of the summer will actually be spent back at school and filled with–you guessed it–more ministry. I will be getting ready for another year as an RA and helping out with the freshman orientation, known as Week of Welcome (or WOW). All of these are good things.

But all these good things are worthless without one other thing. Check out these verses

Psalm 27:4

One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.”

Philippians 3:13b-14

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Even though, my summer will be filled with many good things, only one thing really matters: Christ.

Will I grow closer to Christ this summer? Will I love him more? Will I long to gaze at his beauty every day this summer?

And this one thing will be the most decisive element in everything else. If I am not seeking Christ more and genuinely loving him and being devoted to him, my ministry will be uneffective and joyless.

So if you want to pray for my summer. Just pray for one thing: that I would grow more and more into the image of Jesus Christ.

That’s the one thing I want.

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4 Responses to “Summer ’08–One Thing”

  1. Roberta Blakey said

    I’ll be praying for you in that one way, above all others.

  2. Matt said

    Good update Ben. And, good reminder. Definitely be praying for you friend!

  3. scott g said

    bro, you know I’m praying for you and your post is encouraging to me. THREE!!!!

  4. Kelly said

    We are excited to hear not only how your trip to Uganda unfolds, but to, also, hear what God teaches you during your time there. Know we are praying for you!

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