Romans 8, Ephesians 2:10, Hebrews 10:39
Welcome back 818 Ministries followers. The blog isn’t going anywhere, but this is an exciting day for us. A lot of prayer, thought and consideration went into the logo you see at the top of this email as well as the three words, A Relentless Millennial, that will soon be the cornerstone of who we write for, color who write about and will shape who we write with.
It all started when I began considering what my word of 2016 would be in October. I started thinking about what my goals were for 2016: running a marathon, continuing to build the infrastructure of 818 Ministries, writing a book proposal to pitch to publishing agents at a conference next July….all while attempting to beat the odds and break the cultural norms of how some define my generation: entitled, lazy and expectant of success without putting in the hard work. Then, the more I thought about it, the more passionate I became about helping those in my generation be successful…for the glory of God. And as I continued to seek the Lord about this passion of mine, one word kept coming to mind. Relentless. What did I do? I looked it up in the dictionary of course, and this is what I found:
1. oppressively constant; incessant.
"the relentless heat of the desert"
persistent, continuing, constant, continual, continuous, nonstop, never-ending, unabating, interminable, incessant, unceasing, endless, unending,unremitting, unrelenting, unrelieved;
God is calling us to more. He is calling us to pursue Him continually, to unceasingly pursue community, and relentlessly chase after His calling on our lives.
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (Hebrews 10:39)
No in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
We are elated to finally put a name, brand and feel to the blog ministry that we’ve spent our first 10 months building. We want to encourage and equip the next generation to serve Jesus fully, use their gifts completely and make an impact for the glory of God in a BIG way. We hope to accomplish that goal this year and we ask that you pray along with us that the Lord uses this blog in ways He has not even revealed to us yet.
As we ring in 2016, we have so many exciting things to share. Today, the last day of 2015, we are donating the final round of hats that we currently have which totals up to 266 hat/letter packets that have been donated since our launch date of February 2nd. That is HUGE and beyond my wildest dream of what we could possibly accomplish in our first year. 2015 was quite a year and my Jesus has taught me so many things about myself as well as ministry. The one that comes to mind, you ask?
I have no business putting a limit on what the Lord can accomplish through a heart that’s willing to surrender.
So, welcome 2016! I can’t wait to see what I will be sharing next December as a result of what the Lord accomplishes this year.
With an expectant and relentless heart,