“Everything is Big in Texas…”
Having lived in Texas for five years, I can attest to this statement which has become common association with the state of Texas. From its geographic boundaries, to its open skies, the state fair, and the new Cowboy stadium, Texas does everything big. Sunday November 15, 2009 promises to be no exception, as hundreds of teens gather in Austin, at Hill Country Bible Church, for the “Worth the Wait Conference.” The purpose is to engage in a constructive dialogue on the subject of healthy relationships. Our areas of focus will be attraction, dating, courtship, and intimacy.
God’s passions and purposes on the subject of healthy relationships are not new. The Scriptures, in particular the Song of Solomon, have been given to us and they affirm His desire for us to choose faith over fear, character over compromise, and beauty over destructive habits for our lives.
I’m convinced that growing and developing healthy relationships must remain at the center of our nation’s social order. In our time together, we will examine the godly character of two people, whose interactions were noble and true, so much so that God deemed it necessary to record their relationship (in full view) in the most significant book in human history. We are benefactors of their commitment to wait and their trust in God’s way . Their conversations and actions serve as a road map for us.
You may be thinking, but what is Goodie going to say and how is it going to say these things. First, I have two kids and I know how my wife and I would feel if someone carelessly worded or expressed something that was true, but did so in a way that was offensive, crass or lacking compassion.
As a Pastor and author, I have been entrusted to communicate the scriptures and have a sacred trust to present the message in a way that is relevant, honorable, true; and at the same time challenges students and offers grace to those in need (Psalm 130).
I’ve invested over half of my adult life serving young people and families; it’s been an honor to do so. November 15th however, is an investment in the future of our teens, the family unit, our community, and the communal tribe of humanity. It’s nothing short of Big! I hope to see you there.