By: Trent Bushnell

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3, NLT).

I’ve always taught contacting using Isaiah 26:3.  One of my former staff printed it on a 2 x 3 foot poster of a sunset and it hangs on the wall opposite my desk – I notice it nearly every day. Does “perfect peace” describe you as you walk into a contacting situation?  For most staff I’ve talked to it’s often the exact opposite – uncontrolled terror.  Write this verse on a note card and clip it to the visor in your car until it’s memorized. Then…start believing it!

God WILL keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him! IF your thoughts are fixed on HIM!  Next time you approach your school, remember:

                   1) You are NOT alone.  God is not afraid of high school cafeterias or basketball games.

                   2) It is NOT about you.  Are your thoughts fixed on God, or yourself?  Are you focused on what students are thinking about you?  (Even though they probably aren’t!)  OR, are you focused on the mission of pursuing lost kids God has called you to?

                   3) Every student will be better off if they get to know you!  Don’t let fear of the unknown keep you from meeting the student that desperately needs to meet you!

BETTER YET…Contacting is a great place to engage other staff on your team.  If your staff team gets connected to students on their turf, they will begin to own the mission with you.  “Never Contact Alone” would make a great Campus Life bumper sticker.  If you did that:

                  1) You would never BE alone! You would avoid the awkward, “why am I standing here alone moments!”

                  2) It would not be about YOU!  It would be about your team on a mission together. Include a challenge like “we each will meet three new kids today.”

                  3) If you are not the best person to connect with a certain student someone on your team probably is!

Do you have your notecard out?  Write after me: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3, NLT). 

                  Now…get out there…contact… in perfect peace!

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