As youth leaders, part of our ministry is to help our youth live their lives in response to God. We want our youth to have a safe passage in adolescence, to grow in their spirituality, to find ways to experience and articulate their faith, and to experience their life from the perspective of what it means to be a Christian and claim that we follow Christ. Through all of this, we have competing cultural norms and critiques. There is one voice that says: Be the best you can be and stop at nothing. And there is the other voice that says: Take time, slow down, and listen to the voice of God in your life.
So, how do we find the balance between these two voices?
The other day, I came across this article. I can't believe that the NCAA is allowed to begin recruiting "perspective" start athletes at the age of seventh grade. As leaders in the church, how are we to respond? A number of my youth are serious athletes, who devote countless hours to sports. This new rule puts even more pressure on youth. A part of me wants to say, "This is ridiculous." But I don't think such rants would lead to productive conversation. I think a better idea is to have a conversation with our youth (and parents) that focuses on what is important in life and how, among the various activities in our daily schedules, we can take the time to slow down and focus on God?
What do you think?