This past week at LifeFocus has been one of the most influential times in my life so far. I was finally given the opportunity to attend LifeFocus after years of waiting and praying. The topic of this year’s conference, The Sacrifice of Praise, was far more interesting and intimate than I had expected. Some of the highlights, in my opinion, were singing large amounts of the Psalter, listening to all the lectures, having long conversations, and fellowshipping with fellow believers.
At the beginning of the week, Pastor Brad challenged us to sing through the whole Psalter in the week we were here. I aspired to the challenge and started off strong with many others. However, as the week wore on, we found that singing such large amounts of the Psalms consecutively was very tiring. I had never sung so many at one time! We sang in the morning, after breakfast, after the lectures, in the afternoon, and late into the night. I quickly found that waking up singing is a great way to start the day.
On average we had three lectures per day. My favorite lectures were from Wednesday, when Pastor Steve Rhoda spoke about “The Pastoral Psalter”. Specifically, his lecture on the Psalms of Sorrow touched my heart in such a way and extent that I wish I had heard this lecture months ago. They have greatly encouraged me and I look forward to putting what Christ has taught me into practice.
One last thing to mention is the fellowship. I had some of the most eye-opening and blessed interactions with fellow believers that I have had in months. Every evening a different family in the church opened their private family life to us to show us how being a Christian is lived out. Their grace and humility was a positive instruction to me and answered many life questions that I’ve had for a long time.
LifeFocus has changed a part of my life and I praying that God will use it to further His Kingdom. If you are ever given opportunity to go, seize it! LifeFocus is more than a trip during spring break; it is a life changing week filled with grace, wisdom, and faith.
Sterling Fulk, Indianapolis, IN