4. Listen to, Ask Questions of, and Make Time for Children
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
Elementary, Junior High, and High School kids are living in a world most adults cannot… and should not… pretend to understand. Being a better adult for them means being an extremely patient listener. It helps to ask questions, and encourage them to be curious about life, and their faith. Meet them where they are at in life. Whether it’s our kids, or youth we mentor, showing up for their sports games and stepping into their world makes them feel like they matter.
Early on in youth ministry, I became discouraged if only a few kids showed up. Now, I get excited about what God must have on His heart for those few… or sometimes that one… I get to spend Sunday morning with. When I first started to lead youth worship teams, I felt like a failure if I couldn’t control the chaos. When I learned to let go of every rule that didn’t need to be enforced as a safety concern, lives literally changed before my eyes. Including my own. Youth need space to be themselves. They yearn for people who love them for who they are.
Make time for children. Make time for youth. When we set aside our Sunday mornings to serve, God honors every bit of our efforts. Each time we intentionally invest in those coming up behind us, or put in our care, we operate as a channel of God’s love. If we can hold these basic principles and habits true in our lives, we will be better adults for the children in them.
\Meg Bucher writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.