Sunday, February 25, 2007


    People who minister to youth and children need many gifts, but one that is invaluable is the gift of memory -- remembering what it was like to be young, how the world looks different through the eyes of childhood, and the incredible amount of change that happens in the first eighteen years of life. Remembering how easy it is as an adolescent to forget to do that thing you promised your mom you would do just five minutes ago before your friend called to talk to you on the phone. Remembering what it's like to be in school with people judging you and your abilities seven hours a day. To minister to the young, it's imperative to remember how things seemingly insignificant to adults can be matters of earth-shattering importance when you are 10, 13, 16 years old. I've heard someone suggest that you are all the ages you have ever been. You are simultaneously the person you were at 10, the person you were at 18, the person you were at 21, 30, 45, and on. To be in youth ministry is to embrace the awkward child you were at 13, the know-it-all you were at 18, the idealist you were at 21-- all while being authentically who you are right now.
    (Photo is of me around age 8!)