Youth Ministry is a 24/7 job that can take its toll. The constant change between high points and low points can be discouraging as a leader. Going from having several kids accepting Jesus during youth worship to dealing with a student leader who is spreading rumors about other student leaders in a matter of few days can leave you wondering what you are doing wrong.
I think that we all get to the point every now and then where we wonder what we are doing and if we are cut out for this big job God has called us to. How we respond in those moments is so important.
For me, it helps to focus on the positives, which most certainly outweigh the negatives. For me, it helps to make a list of why I do what I do:
It’s for that moment when a student realizes what it truly means to worship God and raises his hand towards heaven in praise to Jesus for the first time or when a student reaches out to someone in need and welcomes a student that others consider an outcast.
It’s the weekends when nearly 30 students go without food for 30 hours in order to make a difference in the lives of students in another country, or when a student stands up in front of her peers and boldly declares how her life has been changed by Jesus.
I do it for those moments when a small group of students start making a difference in their community by shining the light of Jesus everywhere they go, and for when a student who was once too shy to speak in front of his peers stands up in front of a church of adults and preaches the Word.
It’s for moments when my student leadership team spends time praying to God, seeking His vision and direction for the coming year. Most importantly, it’s for the lives transformed by the love and grace of Jesus.
When I reflect on these moments and many others, my heart is full and I give glory to my King. I no longer see those few discouraging moments when I am focused on all these beautiful ones.
So, if you are feeling discouraged, start your list. Reflect on those things that make it all worthwhile. When your heart becomes full of thanksgiving and gratitude, there is no longer room for discouragement and doubt.