Q&A with Kurt Parker

It’s no secret that many college aged students find themselves questioning what this next season should look like. We recently graduated from high school where parental supervision, a structured academic path and solid friendships were all provided at no extra cost. However, now all those built in guarantees seem to have expired. Now we have to face many decisions that people say will shape the rest of our lives. Let’s be real, it’s slightly terrifying. What happens if we make a wrong decision? How do we know what God’s will is for our lives regarding a career/major? What if our parents don’t support or agree with our decisions? What if we aren’t in college? Can God still use that?

This past tuesday, at the second official meeting of Eighteentwentythree,  Kurt Parker and his wife, Danita, opened up their home for tacos and a Q&A session.    What started out as a simple Q&A tuned into a mini message that was a huge encouragement to those facing these unsettling questions.

After hearing Pastor Kurt explain his story of his call into ministry, it was a immense encouragement to students in our phase of life. Through the retelling of his story and the answers he gave to our questions, a common theme was very obvious. Above all else, God is sovereign. He never had a plan, He HAS a plan. There are many uncertainties in life, but that is not one of them. We may not always be confident in every single decision we make, but as long as we are pursing the heart of Christ and are sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can find peace knowing that God is in control. We are in the will of God, if we are in pursuit of him. Now this doesn’t mean that everything is going to be easy and smooth sailing; that was never apart of the deal. We may face the disapproval of our peers and even sometimes our parents. However, we are never alone though it may feel as though we are. God promises to never leave us. What a huge comfort we can find in that promise. We each have a unique purpose in this time in our lives, and what better purpose could there be than one in the will of the sovereign God.

Stay faithful friends. Pursue that purpose and find confidence in His sovereignty.