Last night I spent some significant time with a great friend well outside of the day-to-day operations of our church.
He’s one of the few people that understands and gets me and what I do more than anyone else. He was a youth pastor in the past and his insight, wisdom and listening ear alone made me walk away refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of another season of youth ministry.
Reflecting on it this morning made me so thankful to have him in my life, and brought back memories of that dark period early in my career when I did youth ministry alone. I didn’t know better. I was a lone ranger. I was living dangerously. And today I just wanted to encourage you to find someone like this in your life – they’ll be more valuable to you then you will ever know:
- You need a safe person to vent to when things get tough
- You need someone with an outside perspective to shine some light on things
- You need someone who will set you straight when you’re wrong
- Sometimes you just need someone to listen to your thoughts
- We all want someone to cheer us on
You can get some of these things from a youth worker network, from podcasts and even blogs to a degree. But there’s nothing better than a late night hang at Denny’s with a real friend with no agenda.
Don’t stop searching until you find one.