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Ruined for the Ordinary:
I'll never forget those 4 words used to describe how I felt after completing a 5 month Discipleship Training School with YWAM. "Ruined for the ordinary." We often have so many plans made, so many ideas of what life's going to look like; but God has the this incredible way of oh-so-perfectly ruining all of that.
Now when I say "A YWAM DTS COULD RUIN YOUR LIFE" I want you to quickly drop any ideas that I'm some sort of disgruntled critic as a result of a weird or negative experience with YWAM.
God does not want to ruin your life, nor does he want to mess up all of your dreams.
In fact, he loves your dreams, he knit you together in your mothers womb and created you to be unique and live an incredible life. The "ruining" comes in when we allow God to be the center of our lives and dreams... our plans can be foiled as we see how much greater our lives can be in the center of God's will.
If you've ever thought about this idea of allowing God to ruin your life; one of the best ways you can make a start in that journey is by doing a Discipleship Training School. You can read all the amazing details of what a DTS is here, but I'll describe it like this... Basically, you stop and you say, "God I know you ARE number one, and I want make sure you are number one in MY life." You're given an opportunity to strip everything away, be filled and learn, and grow from the inside out. Next you get to take all of that and have a taste of sharing God's love with others practically on a two month outreach; experiencing different cultures, countries, cities, and languages. There's no telling what you might find or how God might speak to you... changing your life forever.
I never imagined I'd be living in Mexico learning a new language and culture; spreading God's love and using media to share with people all around the world what God is doing. If I would imagined that I would have taken Spanish 3 & 4 and payed more attention in spanish class in high school!
Thankfully I was able to grow in media skills and realize how I could use things like photography and videos to expand the kingdom. I know you've got dreams and ambitions... gifts, skills, and talents; what if you took the time to allow God to show you his perspective on all the awesome stuff he has put in you?
Ruined for the ordinary... your life will never be the same after DTS. That idea of going to college, that secure job and life you had planned could be ruined forever. If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that I've never been happier and more fulfilled than where I am now in the center of God's best for my life... not my little human ideas of a good life... God's brilliant plan for my life.
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