Student ministry is loads of fun, but at the same time it has its low points. For those who are involved in student ministries; have you ever had that kid who does those things that really boils your blood? You know the kid(s):
- the one who steals, lies, and cusses
- the one who ultimately doesn’t a rip what you’re trying to do but wants you to stop everything you’re doing to get them something to eat
- the one who eats all your candy on your desk and complains when you didn’t “refill” it
- the one who tags stuff up because they think its “cool” after numerous talks about respecting other people property
- the one who doesn’t remember to bring their bible but “always” remembers their ipod and cell
- the one who thinks that people really dont work and that barging into an office is completely acceptable
- the one who plays the pauper for paying for events, yet still owns the latest xbox 360 games
As a youth pastor I have the ability to give second chances to these types of students. Many times they are not given the same consideration by society. If we are called to student ministry, then these moments are something that we have to wade through. It has been said that youth ministry is one of the hardest ministries to be involved in. Youth worker are not made…they’re born.
So, as I reflected upon my lack of patience two particular students…God brought this to mind:
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
I MUST continue to be compassionate with these students, even when its hard to be. I can imagine what God thinks when I do the same exact thing every time I sin. Love is the perfect glue! But most of all we need to obtain a Profound Compassion” or Compassion Profundus as I call it.