It’s the perfect time to step back, take a deep breath and remind ourselves what this is supposed to be about.
I love LTC. I love the passion that created a program where students dig into Scripture and use a variety of creative outlets to retell the truths of God’s Word. I love that the program is based on living, acting, and loving like Christ.
But, as I’ve delved deeper and deeper into involvement with LTC, I have realized that image isn’t always reality. Caught up in the competition, I find myself and fellow parents losing focus on what truly matters. Often, the emotions welling up inside us do not honor God, nor do they show a Christlike love to those around us.
And our kids — the ones we’re doing this for — are watching.
A few years ago, I had the incredible opportunity to serve as an LTC coordinator for the Georgetown Church of Christ
in Texas. I could not have asked for a more supportive group of elders, youth ministers and parents (not to mention my long-suffering husband). The opportunity handed to me was tremendous, despite the long hours.
My fellow coordinator, Kristy Cain, urged me to stay on my knees in prayer as we coached our church’s youths for the event. We met weekly to pray for each of the coaches and participants by name — nearly 100 altogether. We prayed for insight and wisdom to handle the many personalities and challenges that come with orchestrating a large group working toward a common goal.
We prayed that relationships would remain intact after the convention. We prayed that we would appreciate each person involved in a new way. We prayed that God would be honored by our actions — and our attitudes.
We wanted those looking in to see God at work in each one of us.
Since LTC happens on Easter weekend, we encouraged our coaches to finish their prep work a week early so that they, and their kids, could focus on the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior. We asked them to trust God with all the work they had put into the preparation for LTC and focus on the cross.
LTC is a journey to be enjoyed. It is an opportunity to train our children to face challenges with grace, mercy, humility, trust and submission to God’s will. We all have something to learn from the process — personalities that need refining and eyesight that needs to be refocused.
In this final phase of preparation — whether you’re headed for LTC or Lads to Leaders — may your focus be clearer than ever before. May you love and appreciate in a new way those that God has placed in your path, and may you find a new and deeper love for him.
That’s the real prize you get from these events — and it’s better than gold.
is Advertising Manger for The Christian Chronicle
. She and her family will participate in the North Texas Leadership for Christ
convention in Dallas with members of the Memorial Road Church of Christ
in Oklahoma City. SEE A LIST OF VENUES
for Leadership Training for Christ and Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes and additional comments in “Voices”
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