“Where are you now that I need ya?” –Justin Bieber
Have you ever looked closely at our MP Creative designed logo? The “S” is a given…but do you see what makes up the “s”? Text bubbles. Form of communication. Sign of community. Our goal is to create a community of young adults who have had or are having to wage war against cancer. But why do we need a community for that? Why do we need to be united? This generation has become so independent and we have a hard time letting others in. Especially new others. I’m guilty of this. We tend to cling to who we really know and who really knows us, our core friends. Our free time is extra precious now that we’re adulting, so scheduling coffee dates with a potentially new friend becomes a thing of the past or very scarce. Do you agree? And it’s not necessarily out of spite for new people as much as it is clinging to the people we can Netflix binge with. The ones we don’t have to invest energy (that we don’t have) into learning about. The ones we can couch potato with and scroll through Snapchat Stories. How modern day society of us…
But here’s my beef with accepting this modern day society lifestyle. When I look back at my life and think about the hiccups- the car accident in high school or the cancer in college, my first memory is the community I had from Harborside Church. Over 50 high school students and leaders sat in the tiny waiting room for hours the night a car collided with my bike in 2007. More of them than I can count used their God-given talents to armor up and fight cancer with me in 2013. Some I knew, some complete and total strangers, but all of them making an individual impact in some way throughout the hard times. What if they hadn’t come? What if they hadn’t put down their tendencies to stick to what and who they knew? These are the people who recognize that we are here and we are gifted with our talents to break the modern day society in ourselves and go! Go serve, go love, go be! We have got to start using the hard times we’ve faced in life to equip others to be victorious in theirs. You never know who needs to hear the hopeful and healing powers of God weaved throughout your story. You never know who needs a weight lifted in just the moment of vulnerability you have to offer. Feed purpose to those past struggles of yours. I want to challenge you to join a community… our community, church community, any community. There is strength in numbers and I hope you’ll tap into that strength for your great days and your hard days, the bright days and the dark days.
As for us, I pray that the community of Spark the Way will be a vulnerable, real, serving, loving, selfless, fearless and Light-bearing one- a serious powerhouse community of those ready to take on darkness of all sorts. High schoolers, college students, young adults, I want to invite you to gear up with us. No matter where you are in the world reading this post, let’s come together. Let’s serve the cancer fighters who need babysitters for their kids. Let’s decorate a bedroom for a high school student’s homecoming from a chemo session. Let’s mentor the fighters who feel stuck wearing darkened lenses in view of life. Let’s speak healing into the hurting caregivers who have lost a loved one. Let’s speak potential into the survivors who have yet to tap into the strength they received during battle. Let’s serve, let’s love, let’s be with them as a Light-bearing community. Find out how…
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So to answer his question…We’re right here, Justin.
As long as STW exists, you’ll never have to wonder ever again.
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up
meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the
more as you see the Day approaching” Hebrews 10:24-25
Ignite the Light,
Unite to Fight!