Junior high and high school students are a little notorious for being difficult. Surprisingly, even though it can be tough sometimes, I love working with the junior high and high school students at Solidarity. I never expected to be called into ministry with this age group, at least for a season, but the adolescent years are so crucial for growth and I consider it a privilege to be part of our students' lives. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to tell kids about Jesus for the first time, to be a positive voice that speaks God's truth and casts out lies, and to walk with them as they become the men and women God intends for them to be. It blows me away sometimes - that God would choose me to be part of His great story in their lives.
I do recognize, however, that working with them everyday, week after week, is tough. Sometimes, kids are annoying and loud. Sometimes they don't listen. I get it.
These custom signs were created for my friend who works at a local church. She was actually one of my very first clients, and I am so appreciative of her and so many others who believed in me from the start. She is also a dear friend to my sister and family, and I am certain that she is an amazing youth leader.
I pray that if you are a youth ministry leader, that you will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to be patient even when its difficult, and that God would use your voice, faith, and leadership to mold our next generation.
Your presence matters in their lives. Your leadership is significant, even if it doesn't always feel like it. Remember that we were never meant to do ministry without God (as silly as that sounds, how often do we try to get through it all on our own?). Depend on His Spirit to guide and sustain you. Resist the tendency towards self-reliance, because every thing we do is for God's glory, and apart from Him, we can do nothing.
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."