Last week I had the opportunity to speak to our high school guys at their mid-week Bible study. We’ve been doing a series with them about what a Godly man looks like. I was asked to speak on responsibility and trustworthiness. At the end of the lesson I challenged them to spend some time thinking about who they need to work on giving trust back to or who they need to earn trust back with.
This weekend after one of our high school ministry services I had a student come up to me. I didn’t know him but I recognized him from being there when I spoke at mid-week. He asked if he could talk to me in private for a minute. He told me he had come to the mid-week service and when he found out what the topic was he at first thought this was going to be a boring study and was just sitting there listening but not really paying attention.
During my talk I had added a part about losing trust in people. I brought up different situations that could be trust breakers, and one of them was if your parents are divorced and the parent you don’t live with makes plans with you but constantly breaks those plans. This student told me when I got to this part of my talk he thought of his dad. His parents were divorced and his dad would constantly make plans with him just to cancel them at the last-minute. He had gotten where he wasn’t even talking to his dad.
This student told me when I got to the end of my talk and challenged them to work on giving trust back to someone who had lost it, he thought he needed to do that with his dad but he was still too mad to do that. He told me that the following day he kept thinking about it and decided to pray about it and after praying about it, clearly felt that fixing the relationship with his dad was something he needed to do. He told me he knows he will have to work hard to be able to trust his dad again but it’s something he wants to do.
We never know the effect we will have on students. I had prayed that morning about my talk and asked God to place students there who needed to hear what I had to say. If even just one student benefited from what I had to say then I feel successful. What an awesome God we have!