Haven’t been posting a lot lately…mostly because I’ve been very concentrated on our annual Youth Week, and haven’t had much time to sit around being inspired. My Pastor is fond of reminding me, “When you have nothing to say, don’t say anything.” I’m hoping this helps you today, though.
We all have Student Ministries to run. It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of planning. It takes a lot of studying. It takes a lot of preaching. It takes a lot of pizza. It takes a lot of money.
And it takes a lot out of us.
The hours are long and difficult. It doesn’t matter whether you are bi-vocational, or if Youth Ministry is your “job,” it’s exhausting at times, no matter how you slice it. Of course, we wouldn’t trade it for anything, but as my wife says I’m way too fond of saying…”It is what it is.”
In the bustle lately, I noticed two of my students who at one time had really been doing well. They had become distant and disconnected. Thankfully, they were there Sunday. One of them was actually walking up just as I was texting him to ask him if everything was okay.
A look in his eyes told me it wasn’t.
We talked for a little while after church. I expressed how much I missed him. I told him I was worried about him. He explained that he had let stuff get in the way. You could see in his eyes that he felt guilty, that he regretted his decisions. My heart broke for him. I looked him in the eyes and said, “This is out of character for you, man. I want you to know you can make it. I believe in you.”
We both went on our way. Sunday night, the second student was in the altar. His hands were raised, and he was praying, but you could see the pain on his face. He felt like he wasn’t good enough. I prayed for him, and told him, “I love you, and I believe in you…you can make it.” Suddenly, something broke. He began to weep and speak in tongues. You could see the pain fade into peace. God had touched him.
Now, neither one of these breakthroughs had anything to do with me. I just was the vessel that passed on a powerful reminder. “You can do it.”
The fact is…sometimes they believe they can’t. Be honest. Sometimes you believe YOU can’t. The difference is you’ve experienced enough things to realize that’s not true. They may not have.
In all of our work for God, we have to remember it’s not about the message sometimes. No…sometimes it’s about the moment. It’s about flowing in the Holy Ghost, our heart connecting with theirs, and meeting them at their point of need.
Don’t miss the moment.