After an amazing day at church, we had a great photo scavenger hunt with the students. There were several new faces, too! Then, I headed to the high school for a time of worship through music and listening to an evangelist/motivational speaker (former NBA star and Harlem Globetrotter, Marvin Adams). He is so funny and so direct. If you ever get the chance to hear him, I suggest you go. Overall, it was a great day! It seems like Youth Group is off to a good start, too. I am depressed that I was not able to connect with as many students because they were off driving around with their team’s adult. Also, I feel I disappointed several adults and students who are very competitive when I made harsh judgments on their team’s photos. :-) In the end, it was really cool to end it with a time of worship at the high school. Melvin hit things right on the head, and the girl who ended the event with a prayer was so passionate about God moving that it caused me to think about myself. As many of you know, I’m not that great at writing, especially “free-form” poetry. As I tried to put something together, it never sounded right. But please allow me to attempt to express my thoughts in another way. I’ve tried to capture my conviction the best I can, even if it’s not very poetic.
What more can I do? This is a question I’ve found myself asking a lot lately, especially when all the “traditional” ways of doing youth ministry aren’t working. As I look around me, I see the many people, especially students, who are in deep need of Christ. This need is not always known, because life seems good for them. How do I reach them? How do I stir our students to begin reaching their classmates and friends? How do I impact all of these students and their families? Then I’m reminded of how many nights I have not spent on my knees for these people, how many nights that I have stayed up late doing something other than lifting up these teens to Lord. What more can I do? In the end, nothing I can do will EVER make the impact that God can make. What more can I do? I can depend on Him more. I can call on Him more. I can talk to Him more. I can ask for His help more. I’m reminded I can only impact one life at a time, but I want to do so much more! That is all God asks of me; to have the passion for many and the impact on one at a time. What more can I do? I can trust Him more to do the ministry that He wants to do through me. I can truly open myself up to be used by Him. I can stop filling my everyday life with junk that just takes away from the time I should commit to these students and to God. What more can I do? Nothing really… And that is exactly where God wants me!