A normal day in Junior High-- visitors during every passing period, collecting money for Pennies for Patients and trying to get that Pizza Party, cheese crunchers for lunch, stories about fundraising for Chinchillas/bball practice/moms/friends/riding bikes/lacrosse businesses/Netflix/crushes. There is never a dull moment.
"Ryan Sings All Of Young Life Club" Club was the theme picked for our February Club. As kids walked in the door they each wrote a song request down on a note card and explained why they wanted to hear that song played.
Growing up, I listened to this Toby Mac song that said, "When love is in the house, the house is packed." It doesn't matter how many kids show up-- it feels packed in the Barn because these kids and these leaders genuinely love one another.
Gracie girl was back tonight and I couldn't wait to give her a giant hug. She is a beautiful human and she brings so much joy to this place. I love this friendship between Elise and Gracie.
The beautiful thing about YL is that everybody's in. If you really wanted to, you could choose to look for friends groups in the crowd, but our hope is that everyone is just one family here. It doesn't matter if you roll up in a car of your five best friends or walk in by yourself. Once you're here, you're in. It's as simple as that.
We learn so much about friendship, taking care of each other, being genuine and showing others grace just by watching the people around us.
Ryan really did sing all of YL Club tonight. I think my personal favorite was a mashup of Thinking Out Loud and Die A Happy Man. Ryan must have been in Straight No Chaser or something to pull that one off so well.
Most of the time Ryan played the kids song requests and read why they made their request. Almost all of them were songs that made them think of Young Life Camp or Campaigners and how they had experienced God in a new way in that moment.
Beesley gave his first Club Talk tonight about being Intentional and shared some words of wisdom and faith that will stick with us for a long time.
"What you spend your time doing speaks volumes to who you are."
"Love others well. Express gratitude. Be honest."
"Rejoice always. Pray continuously. Give thanks in all circumstances."