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ALL IN AMBASSADOR: PAUL LABELLE
After 33 years of perfecting my craft as an educator, oddly it’s now I begin a true walk with Jesus Christ. On October 24, 2021 while attending a Vince Miller Retreat, I was baptized in the frigid waters of Cross Lake in central Minnesota. God nudged me to sign up for this retreat but I had no idea what to expect. I was a wet-behind-the-ears Christian and I had no plans to be baptized that weekend, especially in 30 degree weather. Though the story about that baptism is a good one, it was the result of that weekend that has forever changed me. Yes, it was here that I dedicated my life to Christ but I also realized the importance of strong Christian interpersonal relationships.
What I didn’t realize until my retreat was how vital Christian relationships were for maintaining a solid spiritual journey. I guess I somehow missed that when I read Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! Or Proverbs 27 :17 Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another. or even Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
This new understanding of community showed me how important it is to surround yourself with like-minded Christian people. The men I associate myself with believe what I believe and an inner circle of those friends serves as accountable brothers. I can go to them, to stay in check without judgment and do the same for them. This is an invaluable brother and sisterhood of support and reassurance I had never experienced before and could not live ever again without.
I owe everything to our savior and every day I try to make my actions and words glorify God. I am always on the lookout to foster new Christian relationships. I have a Christian brother that told me when he speaks with a new person he throws Christ into the conversation just to see where it leads. I love that because you soon know how your time is going to be spent glorifying God or perhaps evangelizing. Either way, Christ has to be in the conversation.