Is it really August already?!?! I just cannot believe how fast the past 12 months have gone and now, like the Youth Presidents before me, I am at a turning point in my life.
To begin with, can I offer a disclaimer: This is not a “goodbye blog”, this is just another chapter within my beautiful novel which has been steered by the best non-fiction storyteller ever- The awesome God.
I cannot even begin to tell you what an amazing year that I have had, how much I have learnt, how much I have done and been involved in. I can honestly say that although I have been challenged (in a good way) this has been one of the best years of my life so far.
Thank you to the people who have looked after me during my visits, who invited/welcomed me into their youth groups and Churches, drove me to and from the station, enabled me to hear the voice of their children and young people. A huge thanks to the Connexional, Church and Community team, my line manager and my line manager’s line manager! Thank you to you all for your prayers, emails, thoughts, words of wisdom, encouragement, listening to me, inspiring me, providing me with the opportunity to talk to children and young people, and for listening to me constantly spewing info about SCWC. Without you, my year would not have been the amazing year that it has been.
Working with the 3Generate youth representatives has been another highlight of my year. They are an inspiring group of individuals, who have enabled me to also grow within my role. The fantastic work that they are doing has been phenomenal, it has been a pleasure spending the rep weekends with them and watching them grow within their own positions. You have been awesome, for being my guide and enabling me to see things more diplomatically I thank you for.
This position has also been an interesting one as although you are able to impact the way the Church is run in years to come, there are many things/projects/committees/campaigns that many people will know about but not necessarily know that I was involved with. It has been an honour being able to create a resource on mental health and visit our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka, to name a few of my experiences. This position has shown and taught me that it also important to be humble and accept the fact that when something is able to happen it does not have your name attached to it. At the end of the day Jesus came to serve and not to be served, he was not boastful or vain and personally that has been the hardest lesson for me to learn, but I am happy that I am beginning to embrace that reality.
This is not the end of my journey I still continue to strive to be more and more like Christ, to be in the world and not of the world and to love my neighbour as I love myself. Within this life it is a constant battle to feed yourself spiritually and make time for God on a daily basis, but the more I seek him, I love him even more and the more I want to seek him. So thanks be to God for giving me the freedom of being in a relationship with him.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I know that this is a bible verse that is well-known and used VERY often but it is of deep significance to me as even in the darkest points, God was my shining light. He had a plan for me when I didn’t even have a plan for myself, he showed my potential and turned my flickering candle into a ferocious flame.
I have been truly and amazingly blessed to have been in this position so I first give thanks to God and also for the children and young people who believed in my vision and in me at 3Generate 2012.
As I pass on the baton to Megan Thomas (Youth President elect) I encourage you to keep her, the youth reps, the role of the Youth President, the Church’s leaders, lay employees and the life of the Methodist Church in your prayers.
Peace, Love and Cupcakes
Throughout my year as Youth President it has been a bit of a running joke that every-time anyone sees me again I have a different hairstyle, so here are a few of the hairstyles that I had during my year: