Do you remember the instructions you got in elementary school about catching on fire?
As much as we talked about that, I really thought I’d be busting into flames a lot more often in my life.
On a drastically different note, the other day we were having our MS Christmas party. I was running around trying to get things set up and ready. A few students showed up early (happens at every event ever).
So as I was running around, there were about five to six students who were goofing off and playing around.
One of the students told me about a surgery that was upcoming. I knew about it and just asked how they were feeling about it.
“I’m kinda nervous. I don’t like surgery.”
My reply was to just say, “You’ll be fine!”
“You’ll be fine!?”
Youth ministry fail.
That was my moment to stop, drop what I was doing, and pray with that student who was nervous about an upcoming surgery. Instead, I kept rushing around trying to get everything ready for…ministry?
In doing that, I forgot one very important part of ministering to students: praying with them in their time of need.
Don’t miss opportunities. When a student shares something with you, stop, drop what you’re doing, and pray with them right there.
That other stuff can wait.
Ronald / @ronald_long