Thanks to the wonderful world of Google Reader, its easy to regularly follow some helpful youth ministry blogs. This week I read a guest post on youth pastor Doug Field's blog that I thought was worth sharing. It was written by David Hertweck who serves the Assemblies of God in the state of New York as their District Youth Director. The link to David's post is here.
I was struck with his definition of a "youth worker" and thought it applied well to Young Life leaders. He writes:
"A youth worker is someone who lives a life worth sharing and then shares it intentionally, generously and lovingly. The first part of the definition speaks of the need for a vibrant authentic relationship with Jesus in our own lives. You can’t share what you don’t have."
"A life worth sharing... a vibrant authentic relationship with Jesus."
Convicting. I need reminders like that daily.
It's so easy for me to lose focus,
to concentrate on kids rather than Jesus,
to look for approval in ministry, rather than approval in the Gospel.
I want to live a life worth sharing.
I want a vibrant, authentic relationship with Jesus.
I want to know Christ.
I want to know him more than to be in the know.
I want to spend more time reading about him than I spend reading blogs.
I want to spend more time with him than I do playing Words With Friends.
I want to spend more time with him than I do with my high school friends.
I want to know him more intimately than I know my tweeps.
I want to share what I have, not what I once had.
I want to look in the mirror and really believe I'm a child of God.
What do you want?