With every New Year we think about how THIS New Year will be different and how we can make it better than the year before. I think that as a Community we need to look at helping our Youth cope with the daily struggles and pain they endure while trying to conform to worldly expectations of them.
We have them for 2 hours each week. During those 2 hours, we have to teach them that God loves them and that God knows their struggles and pain. God is here for them. God wants them to knock at the door, so the Lord can answer. God wants them to go to him in prayer, the Lord will answer.
The challenge is to get our Youth to believe this reality and to take some action towards building a long lasting relationship with our Lord. This is hard for so many of the Youth to grasp and put into action in their lives. A lot of time the Youth in the church will watch the church leaders to see if we are living in a way that is in keeping with the our words and is pleasing to God. If we are out their cursing, drinking, doing drugs and acting crazy; the youth will use that as a reason to fall away from the church. I always tell the youth that no one is perfect. We all fall short. But God loves us in spite of our shortcomings. As church leaders we need to work to the best of our Christian abilities to live the way we preach and teach. We will make mistakes, but we do not want to lose the opportunities to let God work through us to help bring our youth closer to God.
Keep praying and working diligently to get our Youth to trust God to heal their hearts when they are in pain. We often say, “The kids are our future.” I hear this over and over again from many people within every community. If this is true, then we have the greatest opportunity in the world. To teach and show them the love with which God has embraced us. In turn this will help develop our youth into Spiritual leaders, now and long into the future.
Grace United Methodist Church
Youth Group Leader and Safe & Sacred Trainer
Loving God, Loving Neighbor