Isn’t it amazing that you willfully are giving your life to students and families? I bet growing up in middle school and high school, you likely didn’t wake up every day saying, “I’m gonna hang out with teenagers every day when I’m adult.”. I actually smiled when I wrote that last sentence.
I spent 15 years serving in the local church and loved “most” of it. In the last 3 years, I have felt a transition coming, and it scared me. I didn’t know what was next and all I have known as an adult, is student ministry. I know God has equipped us and has a purpose for our existence, but how do we rest in knowing where we are is where we should be?
I remember at summer camp in Lonsdale, AR when I was 17, believing that God was calling me to ministry. Well, I told my youth pastor, he said, “That’s great!” and then prayed over me. I walked out feeling like I could change the wold!
(That night, I may or may not have gotten our group in get kicked out of camp by sliding down a water slide at 2 in the morning…with my youth pastor and a couple buddies.. That’s for another day! My youth pastor was my hero.)
Over the last three years, I have dissected the call of Jeremiah.
‘Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jer.1:4
Friends, God has placed not just a “thing” for you, but he has designed you for your purpose and for His glory. It’s not that you just get to do student ministry, but it’s actually something that is very Holy because it is joining God in His plan.
Even before you were on this planet, God knew you.. God has set you apart for a specific role and then appointed you to students.
Today, as you consider your calling, rest in knowing that God is with you. He has and is giving you everything you need to accomplish what He desires through you, where you are.
Consider the words of the great theologians, The Blues Brothers, “We are a on mission. A Mission from God.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Thank you for answering the call.
Take some time over the next few days, and try to remember back to when the Lord called you to salvation and then to ministry. Write those stories down in the back of your Bible, so you always have your story with you.