Tomorrow begins our church’s Heritage Youth Camp. This will be the third year (I think…, maybe fourth…) that we have had our own youth camp. My wife and I have been “lucky” enough to be part of the Youth Committee ever since the inception of this youth camp. I jokingly say lucky because, while it can be a lot of fun, it is a lot of stress. We try to make sure everything is planned just perfect, while others in the Committee are rather fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants. It can get frustrating at times.
This year, though, I will strive to heed the advice of Trey:
“well.. one thing Ive always thought about working with the kids.. I see them like myself at that age.. I wasnt there to listen or learn.. I was there because my friends were.. and because we went on trips and did cool stuff..
but looking back.. I see how I grew.. until I made my confession of faith at 16.. I grew by what little bit I did hear.. (although I tried really hard not to listen) and by the example that was set for me.. not through words.. but by action.. what I saw in my youth pastor.. and other church members that made themselves a part of my life….
thats what its about.. the example you set.. by being there.. a ministry of presence.. lots of people will forget what you say.. but they’ll remember that you were there.. and by my actions.. how I treat other people.. how I treat them.. they see those things.. and by that see Christ working through me.. and then lastly by what I say.. later.. that will bear more meaning.. my words.. but not until I lead them with my actions first…