(Warning: Rated “IM” for “Immature”)
Being a youth worker requires restraint. People say things to us that drive us nearly insane with frustration. We’ve heard every excuse, criticism, and pathetic justification for lack of involvement. But because we represent God, the church, and perhaps even the decent side of humanity, we can’t say what we are really thinking. But what if we could? What if our thought bubbles became actual declarations?! Oh, what fun we would have!
It’s our youth ministry fantasy, and today we let it out for a run!
In this episode, we say what we are really thinking when we hear students say things that drive us nuts. “I can’t understand why I don’t feel close to God right now (even though I haven’t read my Bible in 11 months.” “I can’t come tonight because I have homework (even though I spent all day yesterday playing Fortnite).”
And then there are the comments we hear from people in the congregation. “Is this your real job?” “When do you plan to become a real pastor?” “Can you control those kids in the back row?” “Can you give us a list of babysitters?” and our favorite, “The kids are the church of the future.”
In the end, even though we can’t say what we are thinking, there are nuggets of truth in our thought bubbles. Perhaps we can find a way to constructively, with grace, say what needs to be said so that people can hear the truth in a way that changes them.
This one got us so worked up, we needed goat yoga afterwards.