Do Something Amazing [for a Christian Parent]
I worry about my teenage daughters sometimes. I know I shouldn't. I've got good girls. But it’s hard not to… I’m a parent. And I’m a youth worker with some experience under my belt. I know teenagers all too well! But there is one thing that you as a youth pastor / leader / volunteer can do for my girls that makes me worry less. It’s getting them involved in ministry.
I watched as my two high school girls plugged in and served for the first time at our new church’s “Fall Fest” this last weekend. We went to church at 11:00 AM that morning – the girls didn’t leave until 7:00 PM that night. They stayed all afternoon to help volunteers set up for the event and then worked all evening – a three-hour shift – serving at one of the game stations.
I came with my two youngest daughters in their costumes later that evening to enjoy the festivities. They had an absolute blast! And so did over 500 others in the community from what I last heard. The church did a winter clothes give-away, provided free food, and lots of games and plenty of candy for the kids. All four of my girls came home excited and were already talking about getting involved and going to next year’s event.
We’re wired a certain way. Our great command is to love God. But when teenagers love God and are guided into that next step of loving people… I’ve seen it. The affects are long lasting. It allows them to get outside of themselves and see things through the eyes of Jesus. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get them hooked on serving people in a godly way for the rest of their lives.
As a parent, I’m so thankful for great opportunities for my girls to plug in and love people. It's amazing for my whole family when the church seeks them out for this purpose. They can’t wait until the next time! And, well… neither can I.
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