I get asked a few times a year, usually by family members, if I enjoy my job. There are a number of reasons people ask. Most of the time it has to do with career path and whether or not I might be ‘fulfilled’ in my chosen field. The answer to that question is absolutely yes, but not for the reasons people often wonder about. There is nothing glamorous about what I do to the naked eye. I work with a segment of the population that many people run from. Teenagers intimidate grown adults because of attitudes, immaturity, disrespect or any number of perceptions that the media likes to describe them with. Yet, it is with excitement that I approach each day. It is exciting to think that God would allow me to be a part of what He is doing in the lives of teenagers in this area. It is a unique privilege that not everyone would embrace with gusto.
What is so exciting about what I do? I am glad you asked. 1 John 1:1-4 actually gives a pretty solid description as to what is so exciting about youth ministry. We are excited because we get to experience God for ourselves and then pass that on to people we have influence over. It is a message told to us, showed to us, and experienced by us first. We do not just come up with something to say and hope it sticks. We have a true message in God’s Word coupled with what we have experienced in our own lives. It has been integrated in our lives.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard with out eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched– this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” – 1 John 1:1
We then get to bring a message from our own personal relationship with Jesus Christ to the people we minister to. It is a message of eternal life.
“The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.” – 1 John 1:3
If that is not something to get excited about I don’t know what is! And that isn’t even the end of it. We have this message to proclaim with an important goal in mind. We want teens to experience fellowship with us as we also enjoy fellowship with God through Jesus Christ.
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may also have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” – 1 John 1:3
No matter where you find yourself at today in life, I trust that you find your joy in your relationship with Jesus Christ. If you do that, everything you do will be that much more exciting because you may allow your life to proclaim the eternal life of God to people you meet. That makes each day exciting because it holds so many new opportunities.
What or who is waiting for you to bless them with the truth today?