Saturday, July 15, 2006

Summer Celebration, Service, and Suffering

Today's Topic: Scriptural Serving

I've been thrilled to highlight the fine teens who have been serving at Covenant Life's Summer Celebration kids camp throughout this last week. Today, I want to honor one in particular who specifically demonstrates scriptural serving: Justin Cowan. He is a living example of the post I made two weeks ago, "Trials, Temptations, Tests, and Forever."

Over two years ago, Justin began suffering from migraine headaches. But these are not just occasional migraine headaches. His is one long continual migraine headache. He has stumped every doctor out there so far in search of any relief.

Nevertheless, he has served faithfully and continually throughout the whole time. For Summer Celebration this year, he did all the volunteer recruiting, planned the actual tech requirements for the week, and then produced the event.

What I'm most grateful for, though, is not his fortitude. I am most grateful for the way he is growing in joy and lack of complaining. I know he was exhausted this week. On Monday, he went home and slept the whole afternoon and through the entire night, with only a short break for an evening shower. However, had I not asked, he probably wouldn't even have told me that. When he did tell me, there was no complaining in his voice. He was simply stating a fact, clearly trusting God that He would provide strength for the rest of the week.

I thought of Justin as I was studying James this morning:
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Justin, thanks for letting me watch God craft you into a steadfast man who serves him to his glory!

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1 comment:

JSchellhase said...

Yes! Ditto to what Dave said. Justin, thanks for being such a servant!