When I'm not filming or taking pictures now, I get the great opportunity to be a part of something that leaves a everlasting impact on the lives of thousands of preteen (4th-6th grade) students through CIY SuperStart!
If you aren't sure what SS is, it is a high-energy weekend event in which preteens can learn and grow in their relationships with friends, leaders and, most importantly, God. We just finished up touring around the country for the Fall tour, and I've really been reflecting on what God spoke to my heart so far through this experience:
1. Always have the spirit of wanting to learn and grow like a child.
Luke 18:16, "Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Kids are truly one of the most precious things to God, I believe. When I read that verse and think over the thousands of faces I saw over the last few months, is that they truly WANT to learn and know the truth... Ah! The truth - which brings me to what our theme for SS Fall-Spring tour is: The Mysterious Truth. We've been trying to uncover what the truth really is. We connect the dots, and try to find where the right source for the truth is. You see, we live in a world where there are many voices and it's a very confusing time for kids to discover for themselves the facts of what is true and what the voice of God is. The thing I love about this tour is that when I started I thought I was helping these kids discover that the real and only truth comes from Jesus, but yet every single stop along the way, they taught me through their questions, worship and love for learning/having fun is that I should never stop asking. I should never think I know it all and am on cloud 9 with God, when really I need to daily pick up my cross, discover His truth over and over again, and have the heart of a child. Here's what it says on that topic after verse 16: Luke 18:17, "Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
2. It's ok to have fun while talking about God!
If there is one thing that I really love deeply about SuperStart is that yes, we teach about God and we have serious times to pray and connect, but there are many FUN times along the way too! I am so thankful for a guy by the name of Mike Askins who I get to host Amp Up with. Amp Up is pretty much like its name! High Energy games, joke times, dance parties and so on to get the kids pumped before each SS session. I've known Mike for 5 years now and he is the definition of fun. He brings out the love of Christ and the kids, myself and many others look up to him for that, which brings me to number 3!
3. SuperStart has great leaders that God has appointed for a reason.
I am just a small piece to the bigger Kingdom puzzle serving, acting and teaching for SuperStart! SS would not be what it is today without the leadership of people like Patrick Snow and Drew Crisp. Their examples of picking up your cross and dying to self daily is evident on so many levels. They put so many months, days and hours into planning this weekend event for the thousands of preteens around the country, but the beauty of it all is that you clearly can see their hearts and know that none of it is for their glory, but to truly help these kids know the truth better or even hear about it for the first time so that they can be Kingdom Workers. Without their willing hearts to serve, SS would not be what it is today. And not to mention the other great people who serve through SuperStart if that's on stage, talking with students, tech crew, the lobby, production and so on. All these people do it for the same reason: To lift God high and teach His great TRUTH!
I truly hope if you have a children's ministry and weren't able to make any of the Fall tour dates that you can come to one of our Spring tour stops if it's in your area! It is a life changer, and kids need to know this truth!
"If you hold to my teaching, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
For more information, visit ciy.com/superstart