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Leneita Fix

Leneita has been involved in youth or family ministry for over 24 years serving in rural, suburban and urban settings, camps, small and large churches and non-profits. She has authored or co-authored several youth ministry books, including Everybody’s Urban Understanding the Survival Mode of the Next Generation among others. Leneita is the ministry and training coordinator for BowDown Church, co-founded a coaching and training organization called Frontline Urban Resources (everybodysurban.org) and lives with her amazing husband John and four children in Florida.

 

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Ever heard a “riveting testimony?”

It’s the wretched life of sin, that has some how miraculously transformed through Christ.  Many times they come from “the other side of the tracks” dealing with abuse, neglect, addiction, and destructive choices.  We are riveted in our seats by the way someone “so far gone” could be found by the Lord, and now live for Him alone.

It’s of course especially inspirational when we can bring young people to hear these types of testimonies.  If we know someone making poor choices,  we want them to be motivated to stop.  If we see youth who are complacent and apathetic, we hope this will FINALLY bring inspiration to move them closer to Jesus.

Ever thought about the “boring” testimonies?

There’s Rob. Brought up in a Christian home, he started walking with Jesus at age five.  At 14-years-old,  he chose to move from Christian to public High School so that he could tell more of his peers about the Lord.  He never had an “issue,”  and he can’t recall a time when he didn’t want to live for Christ.

Then there is my husband, John, who throughout 12 years of Catholic school, built a foundation of faith.  He never tried a drug.  He liked his religious education. Never smoked a cigarette.  Never got into a car wreck, joined a gang, became an addict, shot anyone, or went to jail.  He was a “good kid” from a “good home.”

John went to college where he met Rob, who invited him to a Bible study in his room.  Rob shared with John that Christ wasn’t just a far away God who you learn about.  Jesus wanted a personal relationship.  This made sense to my husband.  That was it, and his life forever transformed.

Two college freshmen with dull stories of whom both are serving in full-time ministry to this day.

This doesn’t sound exceptionally “radical” does it?   Still, ever met ANYONE who tells you, “I really hope at fifteen I run away and become a prostitute and heroine addict so that God can save me.  Then I will have a real platform to tell people about Jesus.”   Ever met a parent whose hope for their child is to become a train wreck so that they have a better story?

This brings me to a couple of thoughts:

 

Let’s Celebrate Boring!

 

Christ transforms hearts.  Our lives don’t have to be “out of control” to know how much we need him.  Expose students to all sorts of testimonies.  Let them know choosing to journey with the Lord forever is the point.

Make Boring The New Radical.

If we are honest often our attitude is to allow students to make stupid choices because “that’s what you do at that age.”  You know,  “Teens will be teens. They are going to experiment with drugs, sex, alcohol, but one day they’ll come back.”  What about inspiring them to live out loud for Jesus TODAY?  Tell me where does the Bible say, “When you grow up and get it together then you can live for Christ?”  It doesn’t.

Will students make mistakes? Yes. Will they make dumb decisions? Probably.

Jesus just wants us with Him.  ALWAYS.  Can’t we accomplish more running towards and not away from Him?  Why don’t we just share that he believes ALL testimonies are THRILLING, because it means we have chosen HIM.

Share your testimony!  Tell us why it’s boring, exciting or none of the above.

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