Y'all. It felt like we were at Frontier Ranch! Music was blasting, the gaga-ball pit was packed, knock-out basketball games were never-ending, hundreds of shirts were sold at $5 a piece and over 500 kids came from across the Metroplex for the biggest Club of the Spring.
On Monday night, high school kids from Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Richardson, Melissa, Sherman and Plano rushed into the Watermark Plano sanctuary-turned-Club-room for an epic night of Young Life. We went "bananas," spontaneously body surfed, played ultimate body twister, sang at the top of our lungs, slam-dunked fish and heard the truth of the Gospel with new friends in a new place. It. Was. Awesome.
As Brad took some freshmen guys home, they couldn't stop talking about how much fun they had at Club. When he told them that every single night at Frontier Ranch has a YL Club just like that, they spent the rest of the ride home talking about what friends they could invite to experience in Colorado what they had just experienced on a Monday night in Plano, TX. How great is that?!
It is Jesus' constant invitation, "Come and see!" Come and see fun and community and joy. Come and see that He is God, that He loves you and that you are made to be in relationship with Him. Come and see!
This time last week I was in Jasper, Georgia with some of the senior guys from Plano West. We set out on the thirteen hour drive with two objectives: to get away from the fast paced city life and to make memories. We succeeded in both! I have gotten to know these guys though club, campaigners, and football games, etc. throughout the year and it was a treat to spend some time away with them. We fished out on the lake, played Frisbee golf at a Young Life Camp, and spent several hours playing Lord Of the Rings Monopoly. As you could imagine there was a large amount of laughter, snacking, and bickering (we did play Monopoly after all), and we also had some serious conversations about life.
Meet the crew! I am grateful to have gotten to know them over this past year, and the thought of them graduating soon is truly a tear jerker. My hope is that we continue to make memories even after they leave for school, and that we continue to have deep friendships forged in the name of the Lord Jesus.