December 2023 Column

Seeds Of Goodness

Echo Beyond The Present

How many times have you heard that your actions matter and will follow you for the rest of your life? This is a real reality that as young adults we often don’t yet fully grasp. 

Many times this principle is used to encourage the listener to not indulge in sinful behavior and instead live a life in accordance with Christ. However, this can also be used to demonstrate how our good deeds can lay the groundwork for great outcomes later in life. 

Scripture illustrates this concept with the concept of the sowing. It teaches that “Whosoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap the harvest if we do not give up.”

Here we are reminded that our choices matter. They shape our character and will dictate what happens to us following life here on earth. 

As young adults we are constantly faced with pressures and temptations from the world. Oftentimes the “fear of missing out” clouds our judgement and we make poor decisions that do not please Christ. Sin is presented to be fun, exciting, and a normal thing that we should take part of. We are told to “enjoy your 20s/30s” and delay a close relationship with God. However, indulging in these practices will always “reap destruction.” 

We must focus on living life in accordance with the standards of God’s word. We ought to make it our mission to reflect the character of Jesus in our everyday lives. Doing so will ensure that we reap eternal life with our Lord and Savior, praise God!

It’s important to also keep in mind the effects our actions can have on other people. When we sow to please the spirit and uplift Christ, others will always notice. It is a golden opportunity to witness to others about how we are striving to be like Christ. By being a good example we can help aid in bringing others to Christ and allow them to also reap eternal life!

Questions for Discussion

What are some ways you can sow seeds of goodness in your life?

What are some common ways we as young adults sow to please ourselves? How can we overcome these challenges?

How do we manage when we are around friends and family that are not sowing good seeds?

Finally, it is encouraging that the scripture tells us to “not become weary in doing good.” Oftentimes our good deeds, efforts, and commitment to Christ can almost feel like it’s going unnoticed. However, even in these seasons of spiritual lows, discouragement, and setbacks we must persevere.  Our efforts will not be wasted. 

Let’s sow seeds of goodness and watch our lives transform to the glory of God!


Xiomara Perdomo

Xiomara Perdomo

Assistant to the President for Mission

Zachary Roper

Zachary Roper

AYP Member

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David Asscherick

David is a speaker/director for Light Bearers and ARISE co-founder and instructor. Since his baptism in 1999, David has traveled the globe preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Violeta are the happy parents of two boys, Landon and Jabel.

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Lundquist, host of Rise & Lead, will headline 2023 AYP Convention.

Benjamin Lundquist is a top motivational speaker and one the leading voices for leadership development and empowerment. He is passionate about helping students and professionals see their worth and value, see themselves as a leader, and see their potential to change the world. The message he shares is motivating, relatable, and highly practical. Audiences are challenged to take extreme ownership of the unique gifts and opportunities they have. He is an international speaker and host of Rise and Lead Podcast which has been downloaded in over 110 countries providing aspiring and experienced leaders of all ages with world-class content and conversation. He frequently speaks at corporate and faith events, universities, and high schools.

Identity in Christ | Breakout Track

April is currently an associate pastor for discipleship at Keene SDA church. She is enrolled in a dual graduate program for Public Health and MDIV chaplaincy. She enjoys working with different ministries that highlight service, hospitality, and life enrichment. 

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music, and extreme sports. An introvert at heart, she enjoys moments with close friends and in the quiet. Her and her husband, Blake Snyder reside in Burleson, Texas.

Purpose & Calling | Breakout Track

Ann Roda likes to describe her life as one long adventure with God. She began her career as a registered nurse in OB then transitioned into healthcare administration. Then, God unexpectedly redirected her path to the Adventist Theological Seminary, for an MDiv, and into pastoral ministry. She spent 15 years as a church pastor in Marietta, Georgia and Fulton, Maryland. Six years ago, God had another adventure for Ann, and called her back into the health care ministry, serving with Adventist HealthCare as Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care. 

This position is the perfect combination of both pastoral ministry and health care. Ann is married to Jose Hernandez, a licensed professional counselor. Ann and her husband enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling.

Relationships | Breakout Track

Stephen and Felecia Lee are partners in the mission. They share a mutual passion for young adult ministries and using their talents to share the Gospel online and through speaking engagements. Stephen helps individuals and businesses function more efficiently through time management and productivity techniques. Felecia is a full-time homemaker and also the founder of the New Wives Club. 

In addition to this, she runs a program teaching women of color how to learn principles of faith through natural hair care. They live in New Hampshire and speak in different places on topics related to singleness, courtship, communication, evangelism, and faith.

Spiritual Health | Breakout Track

Shawn is passionate about generations coming together! She grew up in a four-generation family business and knows, from first-hand experience, that when people of all ages work together, everyone wins!

She has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Nebraska and is an award-winning sales and marketing professional. Her professional certifications include being a member of the John Maxwell Team and DISC Behavioral Consultant. Recently she published her first book “Strategies for Generational Inclusion at Work.”

Communities | Breakout Track

Michael Gibson currently serves as the Lead Pastor at the Keene SDA Church where he most previously served for four years as Pastor for Young Adults and lead Elevate, a growing and thriving young adult community in Keene. Michael is married to Melissa and they both enjoy the outdoors, long walks, and traveling to new, unexplored places. 

Most days, when he’s not teaching, preaching or studying, you’ll find him playing disc golf or working on home renovations with Melissa. They recently welcomed their son, Micah Eden, into the world last October and ever since, life has taken on a whole new meaning. Above all, Michael and Melissa have a passion for discipleship and telling others about the incredible God they serve. For them, the gospel boils down to loving God and loving people.