Writings and thoughts of Heath D. Sizick

Welcome to Heath's Blog

Thank you for checking out my blog. The intent of me starting a blog was to centralize my writings - devotionals, articles, poetry, thoughts, etc. I pray something I say will be an encouragement to you and your faith.
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Because You Had Become So Dear to Us

Our paths crossed. Maybe a football game. Maybe in the hallway or cafeteria. Maybe at Club. Either way, we see no coincidence in our encounter. We entered your world. We met you right where you were. No strings attached. External mattered not. We loved you as best as we could. St. Paul said it best in 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” Dear indeed. Mentors? Yes. Friends? Even more. Fans? Most surely. An odd friendship considering the age difference, but that factored little in living life, laughing hard, going on adventures, or talking about deep matters with you. For a short season we did our best, not perfect, but our best to be available, to help you navigate through the adolescent’s rough waters, and to help you follow Jesus. We knew we wouldn’t see you or be in touch with you as regularly after graduation. Freshmen. You would become one. A new group would start at the high school. Despite the change you are still so dear to us. We hope you know this. We believe you do.

While in high school, our hopes and prayers were to help you grow in your love for Jesus Christ while at the same time leave an eternal impact at your school. You attended Campaigners consistently. You went to Fall Weekend…maybe more than once. You stepped foot on a Young Life camp and experienced, what we hope still remains, the “best week of your life.” You went to Club – invited friends and even lead some up-front. It was a privilege doing (Young) life with you. Thank you! Thank you for giving so much of your time to us, your peers, and for helping make Young Life memorable and vital to so many people. Can you imagine high school without Young Life? Thank you for running after Jesus when you were with among us.

No longer in high school, our hopes and prayers are similar. We pray you would continue to walk faithfully with Jesus and have an eternal impact wherever you tread. Despite being in a new environment with new challenges, we have prayed that your love for Jesus would only increase. We have prayed that you would give your life away, counting all lost in compared to knowing and making known our Savior Jesus Christ. In doing this, we know that you would be living life to full! And so you went. And so we prayed. And even so, we knew that in your journey you would have to own it. It being following Jesus. He says it best, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Matt. 16:24).” And so we still hope and prayer.

We don’t know fully where you are in your relationship with Jesus. We do know that His love for you and pursuit for deeper intimacy changes not. We do know if anything has changed in this beautiful love relationship it is you who has changed. Maybe your setting, circumstances, or outlook has changed. Maybe you do not find Jesus as relevant as He was when you walked your high school hallway. Maybe your prayer life and time in His Word has diminished. Maybe you were challenged regarding your faith in Jesus. Maybe you came to a crossroad, a choice was to be made, and you realized your faith was not as strong as you thought. Maybe new friends or relationships are taking precedent. Maybe you are wavering – finding your faith inconsistent and unsettling. Maybe you are conforming. Maybe you have already conformed. St. Paul again says it best, this time to the Galatian believers – “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?” Remember beloved, the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And still yet…

Know we will continue to pray for you. Know no matter what you do our love for you is unbreakable and unchangeable. Know whatever race you run, we are here for you. Know you always have a seat at our table. Know that you are still so dear to us! Most importantly, know these things are true to our King, Jesus.

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ overwhelm and draw you near to Him. Amen.

Rockbridge Summer Camp: Entry 5

Here we are. Six hours from departure. I just got done going down the zip line with a young man who has a story that is nearly unbelievable. Abandonment, brokenness, lost, and death litter his story. I cannot adequately express how grateful he is here. He is having a blast and just conquered his fear of heights with be on the zip line.

Last night after our banquet / dress-up dinner, we heard the greatest love story ever told at club. Joe again hit a home run with talking about the cross Jesus had to endure and the implications of it. After the talk, we all were sent out for 20 minutes. The camp was completely pitch black. It is a very powerful time as kids often times pray or cry – sometimes for the very first time. We are then brought back into the club room where the summer staff and work crew are on stage singing. Summer Staff (college aged) and Work Crew (high schoolers) work without pay for a month to ensure the campers have a great time at camp. One Work Crew kid is picked to share his testimony between songs. A boy did a wonderful job sharing his redemption story. It was a very emotional night for many kids – lots of hugs, lots of tears. Afterward, we had free-time to hang out. Mostly everyone hung with their areas┬ábefore heading back to their cabins for cabin time.

Today we had brunch and another Real Life. After Real Life, Joe shared about the resurrection and how it validates everything Jesus said and did. We then had an area meeting and lots of free time for us leaders to follow-up with our kids for one on ones to see how they have processed the Gospel and the week.

Soon there will be a New Believers Meeting. Kids who made decisions for Jesus or rededicated their lives attend this and learn how to live out their faith. Myself and a few other leaders will be there with a handful of kids from our area who have surrendered their lives to Christ Jesus this week and are ready to live it out. Amen!

This evening we will clean cabins, eat dinner, and have our final Club. Then onto the bus and home we head. Another life changing week for kids. Another week for kids to just be kids. Another week for kids to be free and have a blast with their friends. Another week to cast Gospel seeds on kids – trusting the Lord to do the redemptive work! Now us leaders go home, roll up our sleeves, for now the real hard work begins – discipling and following up.

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Rockbridge Summer Camp: Entry 4

We do camp as another means to get kids, who normally wouldn’t get the opportunity, in front of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a priceless privilege. Last night I had the honor to walk a young man through the threshold of eternity as he made a decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ! I will talk a bit more about where we are in the Gospel at camp but this young man was ready last night. We talked for a while and I did all I could to ensure he understood sin, what Jesus accomplished on the cross, and what it meant to follow Jesus. He was ready so he made the decision. Amen and Amen!

Joe hit another home run with his club talk. He shared clearly the root problem of sin. It was hard for some kids to hear (ex/ the boy mentioned above), but they are in a great place to hear the solution – Jesus and the Cross. We had our best cabin time as nearly every guy shared as we processed sin and its cause and consequences. I am anxious in a good way, for tonight’s Cross talk. Kids will have 20 minutes following the talk to go outside and sit quietly and undisturbed to process God’s infinite and incredible love for them. Our job as leaders will be to help fill in the blank at cabin time as well as share how kids can make a decision to become followers of Jesus. For many kids, tonight will be the greatest night of their life, one that will change their life literally for ever as they go from death to life in Christ Jesus. Other kids, those who know Jesus but maybe marginally, will understand the Gospel in a deeper way and will draw a line in the sand and truly experience God in a deep and intimate way. What a privilege it is to serve these kids.

Regarding program, things are slowing down. However, yesterday I let the cat out of the bag regarding that night’s theme – 50’s. It did not disappoint! After club we all went back to our rooms and got on our best 50’s clothes (see attached pics). We had a 50’s dinner followed by a hilarious Opera (an entertaining drama/musical that brings the characters plot to a climax and resolution). Then we sang and danced at a sockhop to classics like “Let’s Do the Twist.” After the sockhop we were given ice cream sundaes. The night concluded with quite possibly the best karaoke night I have ever witnessed and participated in at summer camp. Kids from different backgrounds and ethnicity united and sang whatever genre came on. We sang and danced our hearts out. The kids loved it. I lost my voice.

Today and tomorrow there is more time for leaders to get one on ones with kids to help them process life and Gospel. All of the guys from our cabin did do the high ropes course today, but for the most part things are really chilling out. Tonight will be our banquet dinner so kids will dress up.

I am super proud of our leaders at how they have loved and served their kids. Please pray with us for kids. Pray for us as we lead kids to the foot of Jesus. Pray because it really does make a difference! I will try and get one more blog in tomorrow but I am not exactly sure what will the day will entail. Until I write again…



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