This has been on my mind a lot lately, but I haven’t gotten around to posting it. Maybe it was God’s intention all along to encourage someone on this particular day. If so, I hope it blesses you.
I remember being a young man in the youth group. Like many of the students in my group now, I was searching for a sense of purpose. There was this longing inside of me to know why I was placed on this Earth. I needed to know. Thankfully, my wait wasn’t terribly long. I became aware, even in my teenage years, that Student Ministry would be in my future. I knew it was God’s plan in my life, and that longing to know was replaced by a deep ache to see God transform the lives of students in Jacksonville, FL.
I found my sense of purpose! This should be exciting! Well…it is. It’s incredibly exciting to know why I’m here. But it also comes with a lot of heartache. Student Ministry hurts sometimes. At my home church, we’re pulling out of a really difficult time. Our students are turning around, and we’re seeing revival. However, I know what it’s like to suffer in the valley.
It hurts when a student rejects the truth. It hurts when someone who has been the poster child for godliness turns her back on righteousness and pursues the world. It hurts to log on to Facebook and see that the young man you’ve invested so many prayers and tears into has deleted you as a friend, and changed his profile picture to someone you don’t even recognize.
So why do we do it? Why do we put up with this? Why can’t we just disconnect ourselves emotionally and move on?
Be honest with yourself; if you’ve been doing this for any length of time, then there’s been that moment when you’ve said, “I’m not cut out for this…it’s time for me to move on.” But you didn’t. Why didn’t you?
You didn’t because, honestly…you can’t. Maybe you’ve even written out your resignation. Maybe you’ve formulated an exit strategy. For some reason, you can’t pull the trigger. Why?
My Pastor was preaching recently and he said something that resonated in me. I wish I could say I remember the context, but I can’t (don’t judge me…remember the part where I said I have two kids???). He said, “There are certain things we HAVE to do in life. I HAVE to preach. I HAVE to pastor. It’s what I’m here to do.”
You don’t quit…I don’t quit….no matter how hard it gets, because I HAVE to do this. THIS is why God put me here. This is the reason I exist. It’s my purpose, it’s my calling. I didn’t choose Student Ministry…Student Ministry was chosen for me.
What does that mean? That means that you are (and hopefully I am) the right person for the job.
Jesus doesn’t do things for chucks and giggles. He doesn’t put people into positions of leadership just for the fun of it. He’s coming back soon…He doesn’t have time to waste! That’s why He’s called YOU. That’s why He’s equipped you. This is HIS purpose for YOUR life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!
If you’re facing rain clouds right now….keep your head up. You can make it. You can do it. Revival is coming! Encourage yourself in the Lord! Believe it!
After all…you HAVE to do this. You might as well believe in yourself.