July 4, 2015
Flags and bunting line the streets
of small town USA
We celebrate what we think it means
to be American
We know all about the american dream,
This is the last of my four devotionals written for the Young People’s Ministry. If you’d like to read more great devotionals, please visit their website and read from the other great contributors.
Must Be Nice…
If you do a Google search for bible verses about money, you’ll find an abundance of them.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil” – 1 Timothy 6:10
“Whoever loves money never has enough, whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” – Ecclesiastes 5:10
“For where your treasure is there your heart will be also” – Matthew 6:21
This is the first in a series of four devotionals I wrote for the General Board of Discipleship’s Young People’s Ministries. You can find more info about the ministry programs, more devotionals, and other great things for young adults by following the link below.
Words are powerful. I know you are reading this thinking, “Sure, like I’ve never heard that before,” and you may be ready to dismiss this right away, but travel back in time with me for a moment. What were “those” words in your life? The words spoken out of anger, malice, or jealously?
“I hate you”
“You are worthless”
“I don’t love you anymore”
“You aren’t good enough”
It is now the beginning of Shawwal, an Arabic month that indicates the end of the holy month of Ramadan. For the past month many of our brothers and sisters who are followers of Islam have been fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, which has 10 to 11 fewer days than the Gregorian calendar, so the month moves in comparison to the calendar we traditionally use.
Mission trips, church camp, national conferences, and retreats. Water gun fights, trips to Sonic, Monday afternoon Mexican food, and laser tag outings. All of these add up to summertime in youth ministry, for some the favorite time of the year, and for others the most exhausting. So far this summer I have done the following.
I love traveling. I enjoy road trips, airports, ferries, and especially trains. I don’t know what it is about train travel that I delight in, but I do. I remember being about 10 and my family taking the auto train from Baltimore to Florida, and being very excited (although super concerned about my barbies having to ride in the hatchback of the Taurus). I loved going up to the observation car and watching the scenery fly by.
When you work with youth, you receive the privilege of experiencing a full range of emotions. You get the giggles and hushed whispers for hopes of a new relationship, and the utter heartbreak when the relationship dies off. You rejoice over touchdowns scored, awards won, and valedictorian honors received. You counsel and mend broken friendships, crises of faith, and doubts about calling and vocation. All of these life events are part of the day to day of youth ministry, and it makes us feel pretty wanted and a vital adult in the life of an adolescent.