The beauty of Young Life. A ministry where high school kids can run away from the chaos of reality and feel loved by complete strangers, who becomes family. A huge, accepting, loving family. Where kids can be themselves, completely.
When I was in high school, I have never heard of Young Life. I believe my high school was the only school in the whole distract that did not have Young Life. This was unfortunate because it would have helped me through the biggest decisions of my life.
It was not until 2015, I heard about Young Life from a customer of mine. I was running to the customer’s car, ready to get her order. By the end of the conversation, she was convinced I needed to be a leader in Young Life. My first reaction was ‘definitely not. I cannot even support my own emotions. How am I supposing to support the emotions of multiple high school girls?’. After telling her this, I sent her on her way. Little did I know, she was not going to give up on me. She came everyday to my work, not only for the coffee, but to convince me on giving Young Life a shot. Because of her being persistent, I decided to check it out.
This amazing woman saw potential in me. She saw something in me that I could not see in myself.
She asked me to attend 7 days of summer camp, where I would be around high schoolers day in, and day out. Talk about out of my comfort zone… This trip would be the ultimate test if God wanted me to be a leader or not.
Guess the result?
I went to camp and came back as a woman who wanted to give as much of my time to those girls. I thought going to camp would result to me teaching them, but no. These girls have taught me so much about myself and God’s plan. They have shown me vulnerability, family, trust, and acceptance of each other. These girls have shown me the life Jesus wanted for all of us. A life full of love and compassion.
Did I have fears? Oh yes.
I believed none of the girls would like me. I started asking myself, what am I think? None of these girls are going to talk to me, let alone open up to me about their personal life. Shoot, I would not do it if I were in their position. But God had other plans.
In those days, I was given the opportunity to create a relationship with 5 girls. Which to this day, I am still very close with. Each one of those girls reminded me so much of myself. Their actions, thought process, emotions, etc. I was blown away. In all honesty, if I did not meet those 5 girls I probably would not be a leader. God kept pushing me everyday towards them and now they are a part of my family.
Overall, God is funny. He takes us out of our comfort zone and creates something beautiful out of our messy selves. He has taught me to slow down with my life. To stop and smell the flowers. He also taught me that this life of mine, is not mine. It is His.
God uses each one of us in the most unique way. Whether it is reaching out to high school kids or reaching out to the homeless. God has a plan for every step we take. The beauty about it all is not knowing. By not knowing, we tend to surprise ourselves on what we are capable of. Thanks to Him.
Take a second, did you think you would be doing what you are doing now? I didn’t, but man. I am blessed by the gifts he has given me.
It is all about trust Him. Where ever we may be in life, we are placed there for a purpose. That purpose may be for our own own good or for the good of others around.
Embrace, accept, and restore.
“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”