[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.theyouthministryblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/RonaldLongpic.png[/author_image] [author_info]Ronald is a follower of Jesus who’s married to Bekah, father to two beautiful girls and a chronic writer. He blogs at ronaldlong.org and tweets from @ronald_long. When’s he has free time, he plays with his kids, goes for a run, or plays video games. If you’re interested in some of his bible study material, check out 128ministries.org. [/author_info] [/author]
Do you remember the instructions you got in elementary school about catching on fire?
As much as we talked about that I really thought I’d be busting into flames a lot more often in my life.
On a drastically different note, the other day we were having our MS Christmas party. I was running around trying to get things set up and ready. A few students showed up early (happens at every event ever).
So as I was running around, there were about five to six students who were goofing off and playing around. One of the students told me about a surgery that was upcoming. I knew about it and so just asked how they were feeling about it.
“I’m kinda nervous. I don’t like surgery.”
My reply was to just say, “You’ll be fine!”
“You’ll be fine!?”
Youth ministry fail.
That was my moment to stop, drop what I was doing, and pray with that student who was nervous about an upcoming surgery. Instead I kept rushing around trying to get everything ready for…ministry?
In doing that, I forgot one very important part of ministering to students: praying with them in their time of need.
Don’t miss opportunities. When a student shares something with you, stop, drop what you’re doing, and pray with them right there.
That other stuff can wait.