"In a couple hours I will be standing before a group of students." That's the first thing that went through my head this morning after I silenced my alarm (which sounds like it could be on a nucular reactor somewhere warning the townspeople of an imminent meltdown).
Wednesday is here. For most of us in a couple hours we will be participating in our various youth ministry programs. For a moment students will come to our churches, far from their schools, and far from what happens in their world. They are seeking affirmation. They are trying to fit in. They are searching. Some are excited to be there. Some of them were made to come by their parents. There will be some students that we will meet for the first time tonight. There are some that are asking real questions about faith. There are others that you think may not be interested at all, but on the inside they are really looking for answers. Some will go back home to parents that are fighting. Some have been invited to a party on Friday by some friends....and the list goes on and on.
It's Wednesday again. And I am faced with the reality that I do not have what it takes to be able to reach all of the students that I will stand in front of. And the reality is that you do not have it either. We all need the help of God tonight as we seek to share the love of Christ with students. And the awesome reality is that "God loves the students that we will stand before more than we could ever imagine."
Luke 6:19 says ... the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
That is what I pray we youth workers experience tonight. That we see students, with a diversity of needs, come to a place where the virtue of Jesus is present. In that place of His presence, ALL of them can be touched and changed!
God is with us!
We were created for this!
It's Wednesday again!