2/26/2007

Thank You, Thank You Very Much...

I don't have to tell those of you who are involved in youth ministry that, more times than not, it's a thankless job. Most of the time, we have to find our satisfaction and fulfillment in the changes we see in students' lives. This is reduced even more in Middle School ministry. Not because of anymore of a lack of appreciation, but because a lot of ministry to Middle Schoolers is about planting seeds. Seeds that, for the most part, don't grow up (at least that we can see) until High School. So, it's during those rare times that somebody does go out of their way to express thanks or encouragement, that we have to make sure that we take notice and remember. I have a file in my email program that I've labeled "Encouraging Emails" that I save all of my electronic notes of appreciation in. When I'm feeling discouraged, I dive deep into that file and let myself be reminded that people do appreciate me and my ministry.

This morning, I received a BIG addition to that file. One of my 8th grade girls sent me a message via myspace. As I read what she wrote, I felt appreciative, proud, and undeserving. I teared up as I read her words. I know that everything she said is a result of God's work in and through me. I asked her if I could share it with you, in hopes that it would encourage you to keep going in times of discouragement. You never know who God is using you to impact and how much they appreciate it...

Feb 26, 2007 12:16 AM
Subject: Hey...

hey i am so stoked about going to winter camp..its going to be rather awesome!
and i just wanted to let you know that your message 2-day is amazing...i really dont think you relize how tellented you are at being a middle school pastor....i mean not only do you make us feel like we are more then worth somthing...you make us hunger, hunger for Gods friendship..and to be closer to him and learn more and more about him...and most importantly to want that love from him and have that "neked" relationship that was broken..but now i know that it dosent have to be broken and, i know now that he loves me so much, so much that he sent his done to die for me..so much that he thought how many hair's would be on my head, so much that he made a plan for me. ...it almost makes me want to share this love from God with others..i want other people to feel this way as well....
you know through the past three years of my life ive been through a lot of krap in my life and the one thing that has always been their consistantly for me is that middle school group..i feel so at home there and like im safe and i can be myself...
i was talking to ******* and she saise your like a hero to her...not because you where a cape and a speedo but because your doing exactly what God wanted you to do..and it shows....another cool thing that happend today at church is that ******* brought her friend amanda who i invited a while back and she's an athiest and she just loved it so much and wants to come back again and again..i think its so great what you are doing and what all the youth leaders are doing for us kids..and for God..so thanx for all that you do for all us kidz in the riptide..not all the kidz in riptide may send an extremely long message to you..but i know that they all feel the same way....so now that i am done with message i think i will eat some of the Nestle Raisinets that happen to be one of the greatest candies...that i won 2-day at church...so i shall see you on wensday.

2 comments:

Brent said...

Very cool.

Mike Lovato said...

Super cool man. I also love that she ended the e-mail by talking about going to eat candy. Priceless.