I received this email from a friend on YL staff in Forsyth County, NC and thought it was worth passing along. It was written by a Team Leader in their area.
Hey awesome team,
Quick story: A few weeks ago someone asked me why I do YL when my life seems busy enough w/o it. I thought about that. My heart got dark with envy of his free time.
In campaigners, we have been studying Mark. And while planning for campaigners, I came to our next passage, which was the Jesus feeding the five thousand. His disciples were ready for some rest and relaxation, and wanted a break from the busyness. When they saw the crowd of 5000, they wanted to leave. Immediately. That was my heart.
But Jesus, just as tired and exhausted, "saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things" (Mk 6:34).
I felt the Holy Spirit remind me: this is why you lead YL.
Our HS friends have so much vying for their attention. What a great privilege we have to bring our friends to the foot of the cross! Praise God! We get to be a part of THAT. A part of the kingdom of God coming to the highschool. A part of our friends meeting the greatest of all shepherds.
Love you guys and gals,