Students do not need me to be cool, they need me to be more like Jesus.
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Can life really boil down to choice? We have all heard people say that we make our choices and then our choices make us. Have we heard that so many times that we have become numb to it? Have we grown so accustom to living in the moment that we forget how our choices affect the future?
Scott Williams writes about the 2 things a leader can control here.
For those that did not know Dad had a heart cath Wednesday morning. He does not need to have by-pass surgery and we are grateful.
@MarkBatterson - Does your ministry have YOUR fingerprints all over it or GOD'S fingerprints?
Youth Pastor / Pastor Relationship
Where there is no communication the past speaks
Where there is no communication circumstances speak
Scott Williams writes about why leaders fail here.
Man it has been a crazy week.
@prodigaljohn - Big ideas are built from small ones. If you don't give yourself raw materials to build with you'll never build big ideas.
@dougclay - Let ur idenity be bigger than what u do!
@BrianCHouston - Leaders goal: LIVE accountably, TAKE responsibility, SHOW transparency. Not afraid of 'sorry' & always ready to change!
@prodigaljohn - Feelings aren't smart enough to be given the decision about if you'll do what you're called to. Don't wait on a feeling
@BrianCHouston - Leadership goal: To MAKE history, not serve it. LEARN from history, not repeat it. HONOR the past, but not glorify it!
@loswhit - Every time we choose safety, we reinforce fear.
Dependency On You = Independent From God
Who are we teaching our students to be depended on? Us? Because we have all the answers and the ticket to get out of Hell for free. Or God? A lot of time in Youth Ministry we allow our insecurities to dictate a lot of our decision. As human we need to be needed. We want to be wanted. I can be honest and real enough to speak from experience. It feels good that when a student in your ministry has questions or are in serious need they come running to you. If strokes our ego to be needed. Although we can guide them and possibly steer them in the right direction we truly do not have the solution that they need.
Are we making disciples of Jesus or disciples of us? If your driving force in your insecurities then you are building your own kingdom. If we are teaching and training the student in our ministries to be dependent on us then we are teaching them to be independent of God. Instead of us being their answers and solutions to every need, we should be teaching them how to seek Him for their answers. The greatest thing you can do for a student is introduce them to Christ. The second greatest thing is to teach them how to be dependent on Him for their everything.
Teach them how to think, ask questions, and look from His perspective rather than yours. Teach them God's Word not your ways. Just a thought from a Youth Pastor than struggles with this issue from time to time.
Matthew 5:13-16, "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
What's worth your emotional health?
Perry Nobles writes about why leaders stop leading here.
Back to reality this week. Really feels good to be back in some sort of routine. The older I get the more I love routines.
Here are some quotes that I read on twitter this week that have challenged and stretched me:
People will never be more passionate about your vision than you are.
Take a different look
You get out what you put in
Attitude is contagious
Wednesday night in Thrive I shared the biggest dream and challenged that I have ever shared in Youth Ministry. I believe that we serve a BIG God and He gives us BIG dreams. Everyone that God has ever used He has given a big dream. Here is the dream God has given us for 2010 in Thrive:
IT"S COLD! I woke up this morning and it was 27 with a windchill of 12. I love cold but I defiantly didn't turn on enough heat through the night.