One night. One question. One life forever changed. In the fall of 2010 while interning at Focus on the Family, I saw the
very first pre showing of the newly released movie, Courageous. The movie is phenomenal – go see it if you haven’t already, but this isn’t about the movie, really. It’s more about what happened at the night of the preview.
Between showings we hosted a dinner for some of the Focus staff and the Courageous team that had come up from GA to present us the movie. Polite laughter and superficial, chit chatty dinner conversation abounded. Till Ken Bevel (police officer Nathan Hayes in Courageous, and Michael Simmons, firefighter in Fire Proof), asked myself and the other two 20 something’s, at the table a question that would render me speechless for months. He asked:
What are you going to do to change the World for God?
Bamm. How was I supposed to answer a question like that? I didn’t even know what I was doing after graduation the next week in my own little Katie world; let alone how I was going to change anything in the big world!
Here’s the thing though – it’s a year later and I can’t tell you what exactly I said in answer to Ken’s question that night. I remember hearing myself replying to him and thinking “wow that sounds good! I want to do that!”
The Lord filled my heart with a vision that night on how I was going to change the world for Him. A vision I’ve spent the last year chasing after. What a tough, beautiful, journey it’s been – and is continuing to be! Chapter by chapter I’m watching God unfold this story. A story I never imagined or saw myself in, but a better story than I could have ever written. One I’m enjoying reading even!
The next chapter of the story began with reading Bill Hyble’s book Holy Discontent. This led to the discovery that my holy discontent – my sweet spot of passion, the thing, which broke my heart and baffled my mind, could be summed up in one word. Identity.
While I was super excited about this discovery, I was still confused on how to practically use it, in everyday life. Passionate about helping people find their identity in Christ, I knew I had the fuel for my fire, but didn’t know what venue the Lord wanted it to burn in.
Six months past as God prepared me to read the next chapter He was writing. I grew in who I was in Christ, and in my knowledge and hunger for Him.
Oddly enough the next chapter began while reading another excellent book – Radical by David Platt. The Lord used the entire book immensely in my life, but it was one sentence that knocked me off my feet. It said: “Discipleship is the means by which we will change the world”. Bamm. Discipleship! This is the means by which I can use my passion to help girls understand who they are in the Lord. It was so simple! Christ even commanded it to all of us! “Go and make disciples of all nations”.
During this time a friend introduced me to a discipleship ministry that the Lord used to teach me what discipleship was, and how I could use that for Him. He had the story all line up – just waiting for me to read! I am once again amazed at how the Lord doesn’t call the equipped, but equips the called, ‘so that the excellence of the power may be of Him and not of us’.
I now have the honor of meeting with a number of women and girls each week and going through the Word with them. ‘He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.’ The more I am in the Word with my girls, the more the Lord changes, stretches and grows me too. It’s really all about Him! I’m seeing first hand the power of the gospel to transform lives – lives in my backyard, in my world.
It started with someone being willing to challenge young people, to ask the hard questions, to authentically live what they act. I thank God for Ken Bevel and the rest of the Sherwood team, because there is some truth to the statement “you will be the same person you are a year from now, accept for the books you read and the people you meet”. Thank God, He is changing me! I have a long way to go – but I want God to use me, and I thank Him for the opportunities He’s put in front of me.
Do you want to change the world and your world for God? You can. It begins by seeking Him.