For the past several weeks, we’ve been working through our Freedom Writer’s series at Campus Life.
Week Two: God Hears Me.
Tonight: God Knows Me.
I say it’s our “Freedom Writers” series because we’ve either watched clips, watched the entire film or adapted different strategies that Mrs. G used in her classroom, with our very own Campus Life squad.
Tonight we got vulnerable. We got real. We got…honest.
Everybody in the room had a moment of silence-of reflection-and answered the statement: “…If you really knew me…”
And here are just a few of their brave responses:
“If you really knew me, you would know I am scared of death. I am scared of speaking in front of large groups of people. I second-guess pretty much everything I do.”
“If you really knew me, you’d know that I want to change. How my life is going now, is not how I want it to be.”
“If you really knew me, you wouldn’t know what I’m going through. You wouldn’t know how I feel about every detail about me, about my insecurities, and every way I think of myself. You wouldn’t know at all.”
“If you REALLY knew me, you would find that I will always believe in God, Jesus & myself. It’s just, I can’t really put my all in God because I know inside that I am going to still make mistakes, not all of them are going to be bright or right.”
“If you really knew me, you’d know that I have a grateful heart.”
“If you really knew me, you would know that I try to do good and not mess up but sometimes I just can’t and I always end up letting people down at the end of the day.”
If you really knew me, you would know that I am just a kid who wants to make friends with all my favorite people & I would do anything for the people I love. I’m scared to let my friends down so I do stupid stuff.”
“If you really knew me, you would know that I want the best for everyone and worry about myself last. You would know that I try my best in everything I do.”
“If you really knew me, you’d know I’m not as shy. If you really knew me, you’d know I have a big heart & a lot of love to give.”
“If you really knew me, you’d know that the choices that I made, I regret it all. I want to take everything back and start my life over and be a better person in life, to make you and my family proud. I love you with all of my heart and never want to do wrong again.”
“If you really knew me, you’d know when I think of Jesus’ sacrifice, I am amazed. That God Himself would endure the cross, despising the shame for me, even knowing everything I’ve done, is so encouraging. How is it then that I get lost in my own issues and selfish ambitions? How is it that I still struggle with sin? But there are still times where I see God’s glory revealed and I believe that I can serve Him in whatever I do in the future.”
“If you really knew me, you’d know I’m not taking in enough of you [God].”
“If you really knew me, you would know that I want to trust you with everything but I struggle to give it all to you.”
The amazing thing is, we got to talk about how God does know us….from the inside out and He still loves us. We talked about the story of the woman who anointed His feet with her perfume and the response of the Pharisees.
We talked about how there is room at the table for EVERYONE because God knows us and loves us anyways.
He loved the woman but he also loved the pharisees. He wanted them to have a different story-a better story-a perfect story that only He could offer.
We ended the night with a song: “He Knows My Name” by Israel Houghton. If you haven’t heard it, go pull it up and listen to the words.
Then, take a deep breath, grab a pen and write your own brave, honest, vulnerable response:
“If you really knew me…”