As Kurt and Josh have shared, God speaks to us in different ways. It should be no surprise that our creator speaks to us in our “native language”—that is to say, in a way that we understand and respond to, whether it’s through the challenge of a professor, the encouragement of a mentor, a burning bush, or…well, you get the picture… (As a side note, we often give the enemy mad props for being able to “push our buttons” and tempt us to sin, but we often scratch our heads and wonder why God isn’t talking to us? Maybe we just aren’t listening very well? But that’s another article entirely.)
God first spoke his calling to me through my wife. She had been serving for a few months with a small group of girls, and soon we discussed becoming volunteers in the youth ministry together, and volunteer we did. It’s been a wild ride over the last 10 years, one that ultimately saw me step into a role of part-time youth ministry, serving on staff at our home church.
But the story of how I got called is, to me, secondary.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m glad the question “How were you called to youth ministry?” is being asked. Often we get so entrenched with the busyness of ministry that we lose sight of how we came to be in ministry in the first place. But whatever your story is, the “how” is secondary to the “why.” Why were you called to youth ministry? Because God chose you (can I reiterate that? GOD CHOSE YOU!), to be a part of something bigger than yourself. He created and wired you a specific way to fulfill the call that has been placed upon your life. Jesus tells us that we didn’t choose him, but HE chose us to go and bear fruit.
Be encouraged today that if you have an answer to the question “How?” he has an even better response to the question “Why?”!