New youth leader shares vision
Jean Marie and I had been married just under 6 months when the leadership at Countryside contacted us and asked us to pray about coming here (coming back for me) to work with the youth. We had been praying since we were married, to know what next step God had for us. We were surprised when God put this in front of us.
As we prayed about it, we really thought it was what God would have us do next. So we prayerfully accepted. I had grown up here at Countryside and had been greatly challenged in my youth group years, so I was excited to come back to be able to challenge the youth in their formative years.
Now, after 6 months of working with the youth and having time to develop relationships, I’m just as excited to challenge them to pursue God whole-heartedly! As I think about the necessary components in challenging them, I’m reminded of what challenged me to pursue God as a youth.
I think three of the main ingredients are love, truth, and repetition. Love is important because without a relationship there is no place for speaking into a person’s life. If you have a relationship, the youth will respect what you have to say and know that you are seeking their best interest.
Truth is very important because young people must have the correct framework upon which to build their lives. Without the truth of God’s Word for a foundation, whatever else their lives are built on will eventually fail. If they hear, learn, and understand the truth of God’s Word, then they can build their lives around it and it will never fail them. Difficulties in life will come, but God’s truth never changes and can be relied upon.
Repetition is especially key for youth because if you repeat something enough, a person may understand that thing as important and will remember it. Repetition is also key for youth because if you repeat something enough, they may understand why it is important and not forget it.
I can remember as a youth, getting together with Rob and talking. Honestly, I think it was more important that Rob always challenged me in talking about spiritual things, not so much in what we were talking about. What we talked about was very important, but through repeated, continual conversations about God and spiritual truth, I was challenged to always be thinking about these things, and to recognize that God is a part of my everyday life.
As I work on these things with the youth: love, truth, and repetition, I would challenge you with this question - how can you implement these things in your relationship?