Friday, September 7, 2012

Pressing On Toward The Goal

There's been a lot of talk about young adults lately but it's been specific to the ladies. Before the online study starts in a few days, I thought it would only be right to share a couple of guest posts from a few of the brothers who are a part of the young adult ministry, We Are Young NYC, at my church. The ministry was launched in June and the Lord has been with us from the very beginning. God is doing great things among the young adults at The Lighthouse Church and throughout NYC. We are filled with expectation for what He has in store for this fall. Today's post is by one of our very own - a young man who truly loves the Lord and lives wholeheartedly for Him. I am always blessed and encouraged by the words he writes and shares. I pray you are encouraged by the words he shares with us here today...


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jonathan Vasquez. I live in NYC, I’m a student at Nyack College and I am a modern day misfit. Pretty much sums it up! I’m a blogger as well! You can check out my blog, Footprints in Concrete. It’s an honor for me to be a guest blog on pressing on toward the goal. In the short time I’ve known Jenn, I realized that she is both an awesome writer and leader. 

When I first read the title of this blog (pressing on toward the goal), the first thing that popped up in my head was a race. The goal that we are pressing towards is the finish line. But this race is a lot different. It’s not a race where you compete against other people. It’s a race that has a bunch of obstacles that can give you a bit of a hard time while you’re pressing towards that goal.  In this race it doesn’t matter how fast you finish but how you handle those obstacles.

Life itself is a lot like this race. In our lives there are bound to be hard times and obstacles that we have to get through. But in this race we’re not alone. We have someone running alongside us telling to keep going no matter what we might face. That someone is God.  No matter how cautious you are, you’re going to trip over the stumbling blocks that life throws at us. There are going to be times when you might just fall flat on your face. But at the times you fall, God will always be there to help you up. We can choose to either stay on the ground or let God help us so we can keep pressing towards the goal.

There’s been many times in my own life where I felt like giving up. Many times where I, my family included, felt that the goal was not worth all the struggles. At the age of 7, I experienced a fire that destroyed my entire home. My family and I lost everything. My mother was the only Christian at the time and I can only imagine how many times she must’ve doubted her faith. This situation was a huge stumbling block for her and for our entire family. We had every reason to stay on the ground and bathe in our sorrow. But we decided to take the helping hand that God had offered us.  Hundreds of dollars were donated to my family along with clothes for my brother and I. Six months later, God opened another door and we moved into a new apartment. Later on, I ended up giving my life to Christ, my brother next with my father right after him.  My whole family gave their lives to Christ after this devastating situation because we refused to stay stuck on the ground. God took us from being without a home and all our possessions destroyed to a where we’re at now. We overcame that obstacle through God’s grace and kept on pressing towards that goal.

I want to encourage everyone that’s reading this that no matter what you may go through, keep your eyes on God and on the prize and keep pressing towards that goal. I guarantee you that although this race is a tough one; is going to be worth it in the end. When you get tired of running remember that you have assistance...

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

God will never give you something you can’t handle. No matter what you may face, keep Pressing on Toward the Goal!

Amen! Thank you, Jonathan, for sharing with us! 

You can check out Jonathan and the rest of WAYNYC's young adults in this video of our summer highlights! And don't forget to stop by Footprints in Concrete!

Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @jvasquez623

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I Love this!!!!!!!!! This really impacted my heart because I almost gave up on this race, but God brought me back to him=')