So last night for Jr. High youth group we went ice blocking and it was totally awesome! We all got really muddy and wet because it was raining so much!
Seeing students enjoy life is so fulfilling because I know that not all of them have a very easy time with school, parents or their siblings. These are not just non-Christians but Christians as well who deal with this.
I think that something that is an important value when I minister to youth is to share not only the joy of Christ, but an affirmation that God is working in their lives and that they can be confident when they trust him he will be their guide throughout life. It is important for us to help them realize that life is not all frosting and cake, but also to be intentional and create moments where they are victorious over a hard condition, winners, and valueable.
I think part of this is my biblical recognition that God has created us as human beings with a unique value over all of the other creation, and from my family who taught me about Christ’s love and gave me tools to be a successful person.
Here’s how I define success:
Success is not about making the best grades or the all-star team, but it’s about setting a vision for yourself and relying on God to show you the flaws in your thinking and methodology in order to become transformed and renewed to take on His will for your life.
What this means is that people have dreams that are for self-fulfillment as well as dreams for Kingdom-expansion. The challenge is to submit the dreams of self-fulfillment to God in order to know how God wants to specifically use you in the calling He has given you. Challenge your students not just to give their hearts and talents to Christ, but to be willing to sacrifice “success” in order to be a Kingdom-minded Christ-follower.