Traveling on the Pettit Team has been an amazing experience.  I joined the team in August of 2013, and I am loving it! Throughout the past nine months on team, God has shown me His grace repeatedly and in a much deeper way than I had previously experienced.  I knew traveling would grow me spiritually, but I did not realize the extent to which God would stretch me.

I grew up in a strong Christian home, received a degree in Biblical Studies, and counseled at Northland Camp, a Christian camp in Wisconsin, for three summers.  I know plenty of Bible verses saying I am inherently evil and that I cannot love others in my own strength, and I have been in plenty of counseling situations to know I do not have all the answers.  But living and ministering with a small team of people day after day has applied pressure to my life, revealing a whole new layer of ugliness I did not want to believe existed.

One layer of sin is that I do not love people through their differences as I would like to believe I do.  I like to think I can get along with all different kinds of people and that all different kinds of people enjoy getting along with me, but this is obviously not true. God revealed this to me in humbling experiences as team members loved me through my blatant selfishness.

God has shown me His grace not only through team members loving me through my selfishness, but also when I fail to give God glory in my everyday life.  Playing music and singing in front of audiences has revealed how much I love people’s approval, and how much I depend on what people say to fulfill and satisfy me. I can receive satisfaction only from seeking God’s glory.  That’s a constant struggle, but through it God has shown me His righteousness and faithfulness to love me in the midst of my sin.

I’m excited to see how God is going to use this last stretch of the spring semester to continue to grow me spiritually! “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).