Well, here I am on a Tuesday night (soon to be an early Wednesday morning) and I thought I would send a quick update on how the interim youth pastor duties are going. God is stretching me and breaking me (another post will follow later on this) and most of all God is opening my eyes to the potential of “revival” among the youth.
As a cross country coach, many of my workouts were based on the challenge and reward system. I think as we get older, we lose sight of the fact that with every uphill (challenge), there is a downhill (reward) on the other side. I would always tell my athletes that to experience the wind in your face on the downhill, you have to climb the hill. As a coach, you look for the things that will motivate an individual to get to the goal or the finish line. For some its extra amounts of encouragement and for others its in your face encouragement. Each person is different and the motivation to succeed must be tailored for the individual.
I have just completed one full week of being the interim youth pastor at ABF, and as we sat and discussed the lesson on Sunday regarding taking your thoughts captive and doing the things we shouldn't do, God began to do something in my heart. The real lesson began after the “lesson” was done. We were sitting around talking and I asked how often they read their bibles and prayed – perhaps the question was as much for me as it was for them. When I found out how little they read and prayed, I challenged them to the following:
See each group has a different motivating factor. For Jr. High, they need a fun reward for experiencing the challenge. The goal – form a new habit – a life-long habit – one with ETERNAL impact.
As I learn and grow in this new role, you will see in the side bar of this blog the weekly challenge. The kids may never see it, and many of the readers may not see it, but I see it and that will be my motivating factor. God has big plans for these kids, and it is time to release the potential that is inside of them. It is time to stretch them, to shepherd them, to help them realize that the habits they learn now will be life-time, eternal habits. God is at work, watch out!
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