This is certainly a first for me! I have never written a blog before, but I graciously accepted the offer when John asked me tooJ If you were to ask anyone around the office, they would certainly tell you that I love to write-usually cards or letters-but I love to try new things!
As I thought about what to share in this blog, I tried to think about one thing that I am passionate about in youth ministry. What is one thing that I feel God has gifted me with in order to fulfill this calling that He has placed on my life? Through much pondering, it came back to where it always does, our mission statement:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, Its message is based on the Bible, Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
As you can see by our mission statement, we try to meet human needs…and this generation of children and young adults has some very real needs. We as youth workers can find ourselves overwhelmed with trying to meet the needs of our young people. We brainstorm, we plan, we strategize, which are all very important; but if Christ isn’t at the center, then it is all for nothing. We meet the needs in order to share the message, God’s love. We as youth leaders need to stay connected to Christ and His message in order to share it with our young people. I know that I am not telling you anything new; but hopefully it will encourage you to hang in there!
Remember Isaiah 55:11
“so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Gods word is never shared in vain, it will not come back empty!
I would also like to leave you these 10 verses of encouragementJ
- "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." -Deuteronomy 31:8
- "I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." -Psalm 16:8
- "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can [mere] man do to me?" -Psalm 56:3-4
- "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16.33
- "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7
- "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." -John 14.27
- "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." -Psalm 32:7-8
- “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty, I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want, I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” –Philippians 4:11-13
- "When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles." -Psalm 34:17
- "So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." -Romans 8:6
I pray that you find encouragement in these scriptures.
God Bless you and your ministries!