Starting something new is often seen as a challenge and slightly scary/daunting. There isn’t really any way to tell how it’ll turn out. Setting up Ignite Macclesfield was no stranger to that, the build up to the evening was filled with so many uncertainties; so many things seemed to go wrong. Also, it rained, which didn’t help anything. It seems that as soon as something that’s a part of God’s work starts to grow and move forward, the darkness creeps in and tries to get in the way.
But God had different plans, and prayer is a seriously powerful thing! Despite all the complications (and the rain…), Ignite Macclesfield was incredible. So many young people came together to worship, hear an amazing message from Beau, and give their lives to God.
Beau began his message with Psalm 139v13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. Each and everyone one of us were created uniquely, no two people are exactly the same. Despite this, it becomes so easy to want to be like other people, to try and fit in or to change how we act in different situations.
Beau spoke about masks, not in the physical sense, but in the way we present ourselves to other people. How we can often change our masks to fit with where we are or who we’re with. For a while this may seem to work, but after a while it can get a little messy. Beau demonstrated this using orange juice and coffee, how?... The two on their own separately can taste great, for example, going to church or youth group, worshiping and feeling like nothing could come between you and God (the orange juice) is pretty great, then going to school or college during the week and essentially acting the complete opposite which at the time may make you feel pretty great too (the coffee). It goes without saying that this is just an example, for some it may be one small thing, for others there may be several situations. But mixing them together doesn’t work out so well i.e. orange juice and coffee, not a great combination!
What do we take away from Beau’s message? Are there things in our lives that we’re holding onto maybe a little too tightly, things that for the short term may appear to make us happy, but in the long term leave us not fully satisfied? How are we changing ourselves to fit in with different people? What masks do we need to take off, to fully embrace a life with God? God made you unique, we’re fearfully and wonderfully made by him; embrace it, love it!
Can’t wait to see you all at next month’s Ignite!