This year I’ve been involved with our church youth group SALT as a tech guy, designing and maintaining their website: saltyouth.com, taking photos and going away with them on trips like to KYCK and, just this long weekend; Awesome. It’s a great encouragement to see how the current young generation is embracing God as their Lord and Saviour, to hear them read Gods Word, Pray, discuss and question things in light of the Word. It brings back memories of my days in Youth and time as a leader.
Recently I’ve been thinking about those that were around during my youth days, both the leaders and the kids that came along. We had a fairly successful group in our time, attracting up to 100 kids a night. I have a fair few of them on my facebook friends list, so I delved into their profiles and had a look. To my surprise approximately 85% looked as if they had either turned from God and Christianity altogether, or just weren’t publicly declaring themselves to be Christians. This was quite a sad and distressing realisation. Was there anything more that I could have done?? Was there anything that I should have done??
I came to the conclusion that whilst leaders can teach, encourage, rebuke, correct, train and set examples for their youth to follow, the decision to follow God ultimately resides with God and the person in question. The greatest thing for me to do now is to pray for these souls. Pray that they will seek the Lord again, that they will remember the great sacrifice of Jesus for their lives, and to talk to them, ask them hard questions, in love.
For those of you that have lost sight of God, be assured that He has not lost sight of you. He loves you and wants to rekindle relationship with you, don’t wait until it is too late.
For those that are Christians, living, breathing and walking with God daily, I encourage you to persevere!! Life is not easy in a fallen and broken world. Worry not only for yourself, but look out for your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, for Satan is always crouching at our door, and once you let him back in, it can be extremely tough to get him out again.