We've prayed a couple of times over the past few weeks for the conversations we find ourselves as parents and pastors having with our young people and our youth. As I had a few conversations yesterday afternoon, it got me thinking...
Most adults have very few people in which they confide; those who are closest enough to share the battles, struggles and realities of life and the "sorting of it all". Making it all the more challenging; the reality that kids and teens learn from us... often holding on more to what is caught, than taught, as pastor often states.
We can set our youth up for failure, essentially, when they witness us handle situations and circumstances from our emotions, rather than the Spirit of God and when we respond in the fear of the flesh rather than our trust and peace in the Lord.
Likewise for pastors... sharing many of the same struggles; when kids and teens watch their own leaders struggle, what is it "speaking" into their lives, even if nothing is being said? What are they learning about who to turn to, how to process their emotions, how to think through the challenges and most importantly, how to pray in confidence as they seek the face of God and what His Will is for this particular moment.
The effects of the carryover in adulthood are great, as well. For what isn't right early on, often needs correcting later. As is the case in so many other areas and arenas of life; the longer something continues just slightly ascew, the more it will be off course when the moment of correction arrives. What a disservice we serve up to the next generation.
Thus, pray with me, this #youthPastorWednesday... for pastors of children and youth facing difficulties, whether personal or professionally as they minister. May God place and reveal to them, who the people are in their lives that have been divinely placed, that they may confide in and work through their challenges. Pray God would help them amidst the frustrations, to continue to seek His face and trust, that against the odds, they would take the hand of God and draw near to Him. May their conversations with youth and kids, always point back to the person of Jesus Christ and that whatever the outcomes in this life... they are for the glory of God and our lives are for that purpose.
May God accomplish the miraculous,
Especially in circumstances where it seems most needed
And in the everyday, where it may not be so obvious
For each day is another to reflect the image and glory of God
For the cause of Jesus Christ... even to the next generation.
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