I asked Katie Rolf, a college student at UNA and new member of RPC, to share with RPC’s Blog readers what she learned at CO’s Summer Beach Project. Here’s Katie in her own words . . .
I knew that it was going to be an amazing summer but my expectations of what God was going to do were completely wrong… He did so much more. It went by extremely fast but it’s great to be back in Florence. Jonathan asked me to share with y’all about this summer so I’m going to try and summarize what our amazing God did in one paragraph… It’s a challenge but here we go!
On my drive back and just through some hours of down time, I’ve really tried to focus on what God wants me to take away from this summer. While reading a book, the author cited the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:12 which says, “For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.” It spoke to me. Through all the experiences this summer (which I have some crazy stories) God has been showing me how I still rely on myself… the big things, the small things, anything. And basically what I’m telling God when I do this is that Katie Rolf can handle just as much as Christ can. Which is a joke, I fail every minute. He has humbly taught me that He is so big and powerful that He doesn’t even need me to bring glory on earth. He doesn’t need me to tell people about Jesus. He doesn’t need me to be the best Room Leader or Winn Dixie employee. He is fully sufficient and sovereign to follow His own plan. But at the same time, despite how many times I mess up and try to do it myself, He has chosen me to be a worker of His plan. He loves the things I do for Him, He loves me! All He asks me to do is to be faithful. And by faithful I learned that it’s all about working for Him. It’s just amazing. He just wants me to apply, to live, and to share what He is teaching me and let Him do the rest. To simply live as a change life and small example of Christ. It isn’t lazy, it’s the truth. This beautiful picture has made me crave for Christ so much more. I can’t change lives but if I am working for Him, on that sweet day I’ll hear “Well done my good and FAITHFUL servant.”