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February 13, 2009

What activities are the youth of your church involved in? How many of those activities would be considered being the hands and feet of Jesus?

When they are done do you treat them like afterthoughts or the main focus? Something that we do because we are supposed to so let’s fit them in between paintball and Playstation or something that is more important than Playstation and paintball?

I think at times we expect young people to just throw some sort of switch that will take them from being a kid who has no responsibility and plays video games to someone who wants to live a selfless life that helps others. I would hope that even writing this helps us to see why that is a bad idea.

Do you develop your youth to be selfless or do you cater to their every whim hoping that at some point they will go against what you are teaching them to realize the life of Christ is sacrifice?

Let me tell you some good things that happen when you get the kids involved.

They think of themselves as adults. When you open the door to service and let them know it is available to them they look at themselves differently. They see you trusting them with something important and it tells them they matter.

They learn that they can accomplish something. Help them organize and recruit. Help them contact the school and ask if they can do a clothes drive or food drive or any number of drives. Don’t do it for them. Have them write the letter or make the call. Give them input when needed, proof the letter and help with spelling but make it something they do, not you for them.

Watch as they learn what it means to lead others. You will see them interact with kids and notice how the other children look at them. Watch as other kids get excited and involved and then wait for them to ask about something else. When can we do the next project.

If we want to see the church more active in our world we would be wise to spend much time developing this trait in the younger generation. It is hard to teach an old dog a new trick, why not start before they get that way?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. benoverby permalink
    February 14, 2009 12:46 pm

    Darin,

    Great questions about the youth. I wonder how Jesus’ training agenda would compare with the rather self-centered stuff typically assoicated with youth programs today.

    I appreciate your encouragement; I intend to act on some of you suggestions as soon as possible. I’ve also decided to begin a blog after a long absence. it’s at http://hopefulliving.wordpress.com

    talk to you later
    Ben O

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  3. February 18, 2009 1:46 am

    Ben, good to see you back blogging. Look forward to seeing how the video goes.

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