What is the bløck? “The BLØCK is the college community of Hillsong NYC. Together, we’re taking back this city campus by campus, bløck by bløck, and having a whole lot of fun along the way! Through connect groups, Friday night socials, BLØCK Parties & weekend Church services we’ve always got something going on.”
So I have been attending Hillsong for almost a year. I do have a home church but when I’m in school, this is the church I attend. Today, was actually my first time attending the block. I actually just came back from there not too long ago. I’m sure there are still people hanging out. I share my experience because you too can be blessed. There are usually different sites that the block usually meets whether its at someone’s house or a spot but today they came on my school campus. So I was contacted by a girl I know in school about the block hangout today. I had the intentions of attending but today was such a long day. I just didn’t want to take the shuttle to go on campus. Plus it so cold outside. I went and hold and behold God had his own plans. While standing, I spot a girl with a shirt on that said “Purpose or Popularity”. We saw eye to eye and I asked her if I can talk to her. She was playing connect four but she excused herself and came over to talk to me. So fast forward, last year my brother was telling me about a girl he knew who published a book that attended my school. He will always ask me if I met the girl and I will always respond “no”. Finally, today I met the girl that my brother has been telling me about. So you might wonder, what is so special about this girl? Well, this girl published her own book called “Purpose or Popularity. The Choice is Yours.” She’s a freshman in college. As she shared with me with today, the purpose of her writing this book was because God laid it on her heart to share her story, to inspire young women. There is a purpose in every encounter. I have never crossed paths with her until today. I walked in a room full of people and I saw her shirt and it immediately reminded me of the girl my brother was talking about and by surprise it was her. While talking to her, I didn’t even mention my brother’s name. She said is your brother ….. and i replied yes. The rest is history. She blessed me with her book. Only God knew what he was doing when we all came together for this meeting. Below is her book. If your interested in it, it’s $10. You can find it on Amazon.com
What did I learn at the block today?
The speaker opened up by sharing his experiences and gave us three takeaways points that God laid upon his heart.
- Experience the journey with others. The speaker briefly talked about how he and his sister went to wedding cake rock in Australia. It’s a bit of a journey to get to this place. He went with all his friends and his sisters. Literally 5 minutes away from being there, his sister started complaining and turned around. She was whining about how much she has to walk just to get to one place. She started heading back to the car they all drove in and 5 minutes later the rest of them were at the place and everyone who came besides his sister got to experience it. She missed out on the experience. When they got back to their car, she was on her phone playing candy crush while they were talking about the experience. When we do the journey with others, let us experience it. You never know what God can be doing at that very moment with you and those around us. Try new things. Do it not because you want to put a check on your checklist.
- Experience vision with others. The good thing about vision is that it gives us a sense of where we are going. He shared with us Proverbs 29:21
- Experience helps to open doors for others. It’s not so much about your resume or the things that you have done but through that experience that you had it can ignite something. The experience that we get to give to people is endless. If we are not afraid to give people what they want, like we will be able see so much more in our church, our communities and etc.
Here are a few pictures from today:
For more info check out Hillsong’s website: http://hillsong.com/nyc/the-block/
Until next time, be encouraged and stay blessed 🙂