When I look at the time I’ve spent in youth ministry, there is a healthy mix of successes and failures. We’re always constantly learning fromthe mistakes we make, and they are what make us better leaders in the long run. On the other hand, there are the successes that come every once in a while that fulfill what you want to be as a leader.
Those are the moments that keep you coming back for more.
The other day I was driving, and I was thinking of some of the successes I’ve had during my time in ministry. I can’t bring that up without talking about Troy. He was part of my first junior high small group, and he’s now a sophomore in high school. When I met Troy, he was an awkward 7th grader that was already taller than me and didn’t really know where he was with God. Now he is longing to be more like Jesus every day.
The coolest thing I’ve seen in Troy is how far he has come, and it has all happened right in front of me. I’ve seen him go from uninterested in God to hungry for knowing more and more about him. I’ve seen him transform in the way he acts and loves people. I’ve seen the passions stirred up in him that cause him to work for God’s kingdom. It’s an amazing thing to know that God used me in some way to form Troy into the person he is today.
Question: Who is a student that is in your youth ministry “trophy case”? Do you have a Troy? Share your answer here.