I've been in Youth Ministry for 13 or 14 years now, it's a good thing the teenagers let me keep coming! Ha! I find that even though the generations and society are constantly changing there are some things that just seem to stay the same... One of the biggest things is that need for relationship and human interaction. No matter how much society heads toward the world of social media madness, I believe that you can never, ever remove from the human heart the need for relationship and it will never, ever be filled by a comment or a like on facebook or a retweet on twitter!
Just this week I took one of our youth girls out for ice-cream, she's 11 and it was the first time she had ever been to Cold Rock, we then went and checked out Word Bookstore, I saw her looking at a cute little book that had a scripture for every day in it... As we spent those couple of hours together we chatted about being a girl and image stuff and self esteem, looked at Psalm 139 that says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we chatted about the joys of getting grounded and doing prank calls and all sorts of other fun things!! I dropped her home and gave her the book that I'd sneakily bought for her, told her I believed in her and off I went... Not long later my phone lit up with a message from her saying 'Thanks for today Jodie. You are amazing.' Seriously, I don't feel amazing, but if that's all it takes to be amazing then wow - let me at it! I don't say any of this to promote myself, I tell you this story to ask you what you can do today, to be 'amazing' in someone's life?
Every day we pass by many, many people, some of whom to be amazing all you need to do is smile, or maybe it's a friend that just needs you to take them to coffee, perhaps it's a neighbour that you can visit and have a cup of tea with... Maybe it's a mate you can spend time jogging or going to the gym or playing basketball with... Or what if it's that lonely person who just desperately needs someone to say hello... Perhaps it's just spending that bit of extra time with people pressing a bit deeper than the usual surface chatter... Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me' Today I encourage you no matter who you come into contact with, to think about what you can add to their life. A simple smile can add to someone's day, and a chat over ice cream can take you to 'amazing' status! Always remember, whatever we do for others, we do for Him. ....no matter who you are, you have something to give, and you are AMAZING!
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