Tonight at youth group there was a powerful message given revolving around the question “who am I?” Our pastor gave his testimony and spoke about how the choices we make every hour of every day answer the question “who am I?” Ultimately, we decide who we are, and that decision is made by what we choose to do. If we choose to be promiscuous, or lazy, or competitive, or angry, or joyful, or forgiving, or vindictive, those all decide who we are. Our pastor concluded by saying that God loves us even if we have made stupid choices and that the first step toward making good choices is asking Christ to forgive us and enter into our lives. He then prayed a prayer of repentance and asked anyone who wished to, to pray along.
After the prayer, anyone who had prayed that prayer for the first time or who had ever prayed that prayer was asked to move to the other side of the room. Everyone got up and moved. This left me with mixed emotions. I am sure that there were kids there that moved, not because they had a new relationship with Christ but because their friends moved. I am also sure that there were a few kids that were genuinely moved by the evening and have started a new a precarious relationship with Christ. How do we as adult leaders make sure totake the time to meet the needs of the new Christians when we can not even be sure who they are?
I am praying for the youth in my small group. They have shown tremendous growth this year and I hope that they continue to grow. I believe that God is working on each one of them and I love them a great deal. My prayer is that God protects them from evil as he grows within them.
Oh God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; our shelter from the storm blast, and our eternal home. Be with these youth tomorrow as they go to school. Wrap your arms around them and guide them in the decisions that they make. Help them to learn that they need to live for something greater than themselves, they need to live for you. Give them hearts of hope, purity, and love. Help them to see the consequences of their choices so that they might learn to honor you with their lives.
Thank you God, Amen