It's been a semi-rough week of ministry. It's been a very rough last few days...and to be totally honest - a horrible night last night. This passage keeps playing through my mind - constantly - which is odd to me, because I've never REALLY studied it.
"What then? Are we better then they? Not all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written..
"There is NONE righteous, no, not one. There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is NONE who does good, no, not ONE."
Romans 3: 9-12
While I'm not at liberty to share just exactly every concern on my heart - I am burdened for teenagers and that might be enough said today. Why did God choose us? How can we help people and grow people and show people the Love of Christ? These are just questions at the tip of my hypothetical iceberg in my brain. (nice word picture... I know) Why is it so hard to pray? Why is it so hard to seek God? And, of course, I know this answer...
Here's a shout out to all you involved in youth ministry, well, any ministry, really...but, for those of you in the trenches today and feeling it - I'm with you. And even better, GOD is with us! Score! And, here's a little challenge that hits home with my heart today - next time you are in church on Sunday/Wednesday/whenev... say hi to a teen. Smile at them. Ask them what their name is? Connect. They are watching you. They are trying to learn how to be adults. And, unfortunately... most of the time they aren't learning from the church. Let's change that.