Student Perspective – Josh M

25 04 2012

Hi. My name is Joshua. My friends call me Josh. So you can call me Joshua.

LOL. Just kidding.

I’m somewhat of a goofball obviously. I am one of the four original student leaders here at THRIVE, which means I’ve been going here since it first started. That’s about two years and two months. Yet still, after all this time, I STILL do not know all that THRIVE has in store for me. This youth group has not only changed me, but it’s changed the way I see things in life permanently. And I can say, with confidence, that I am not the person who I used to be. THRIVE has a big part in the person I am today.

I am not going to give my entire life story on here (because I would no doubt get made fun of profusely for it) but I will say this: before THRIVE, you wouldn’t have even wanted to talk to me. I was the kid that when you saw me coming down the hallway, you knew something stupid and unnecessary was about to happen.  I hung out with the group that was known for causing trouble, and I was sure proud of it. I even remember one time in the sixth grade, where my teacher looked me in the face and asked me “How did you even make it this far?” I always had a smart answer for everything, and I always thought I could fight my way out of any situation.  I was even so pathetic, that I would make up stories about girls and ruin reputations just because I wanted to be someone that I knew I wasn’t supposed to be. Don’t get me wrong, I in no way rejoice in my past. I do not boast about past stupidity. I only aim to show you the miracles that God can do for ANYONE. Not just adults and old people.

That was a little look into the past me, and obviously there’s more, but now we focus on THRIVE. I’m sure PF wouldn’t hesitate to tell anyone about how much he has invested in me to make me the student leader that I am now. I was in no way shape or form ready to be a leader, but with the guidance of Jesus Christ, I was able to overcome a past of hurt and abandon and fakeness to come into the calling that God has on my life. I now proudly say that I am a FULL TIME THRIVE student. I am at THRIVE not only on Friday’s, but on Wednesday’s, and mostly Thursday’s, and Saturday’s, and every Sunday. That sounds like a lot, but to me, it’s not nearly enough. I am currently 18 years old, and I am about to graduate high school (On time, which was not planned) and I am looking to go into Psychology, and pastoral ministry.  There is no limit to the love that God can give, and I have a lot to learn in the way of Christianity, but I know that with THRIVE, I WILL be the man that God has called me to be, and I WILL succeed in the will of God, and no matter how much the past reaches out and tries to grab you around the ankles, you always need to remember to lean on the Father, the Rock, the Strong Tower, and look to the Hills, because you WILL find help.

Come out to THRIVE on Friday nights to experience a groundbreaking love like none you have ever known!


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