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    5 July 2014

    Hill­song Con­fer­ence 2014.

    This past week I attend­ed Hill­song Con­fer­ence. I skipped it last year because I was prepar­ing for the HSC Tri­al exams. I’ve missed the expe­ri­ence and it felt great to rekin­dle that pas­sion I had for God once again. It start­ed on Mon­day after­noon with an amaz­ing open­ing involv­ing an ‘astro­naut’ hang­ing from the top and an audi­ence buzzing with excite­ment for what the entire week held for us all. Steven Furtick preached about remov­ing the veil we all hide behind, that imper­fec­tions are what makes us who we are and there is no need for cov­er­ing up our­selves in front of God. It was a great reminder that notwith­stand­ing the fact that we live in a world filled with unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions and sur­re­al strives for per­fec­tion, there is some­thing we all hold that is loved and cher­ished by God. It’s some­thing I’ve inad­ver­tent­ly been aim­ing for, which has lead to a sense of hope­less­ness and fail­ure because it’s such an unreach­able goal. This year was my first time del­e­gat­ing. All the pre­vi­ous years, I went to Jam and it was hor­ren­dous for me and oth­er peo­ple in my church who have also revealed how much they dis­liked it. Always good to know you’re not the only one suf­fer­ing. So as a result of being a del­e­gate, I attend­ed mas­ter­class­es which were divid­ed into three streams: Lead, Cre­ate or Help. I signed up for Lead but I also attend­ed some Cre­ate class­es.

    All of the class­es were empow­er­ing and helped me gain a sense of belief in myself. It’s some­thing I’ve lost over time and these class­es pro­vid­ed me with moti­va­tion to do things beyond my own com­fort zone by reach­ing out to peo­ple and showed what being a leader con­sti­tutes. I also attend­ed Cre­ate class­es like the ‘Sounds and Songs of an Album’. Joel Hous­ton talked about how Oceans was cre­at­ed and the process in which it under­took. Orig­i­nal­ly the track wasn’t expect­ed to be as suc­cess­ful as it is now (now being one of the most pop­u­lar songs). It real­ly shows how there are many things we can­not con­trol but as long as we have faith, God will pro­vide and cre­ate out­comes that extend beyond what we expect. This week was also a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to bond with peo­ple I haven’t real­ly talked to before. I made new friends and talked more to peo­ple from my church. Hope nobody is sick of me yet because we basi­cal­ly see each oth­er from 8:30 to 21:30. Talk about exhaus­tion. I slept until 13:30 today and I’m not apol­o­gis­ing for any­thing. It’s also great to have peo­ple who share the same faith as you and walk the same jour­ney of life with you, through the highs and lows, the chal­lenges and obsta­cles as well as the sun­ny days. I haven’t felt so joy­ful and inspired in such a long time and it feels so great to have that burn­ing pas­sion for Christ in me once again. I can­not wait for next year’s Con­fer­ence.

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