I started my new job with IntegrateyYFC back in August and I feel now as I did then, that I have returned to my youth work roots as a schools and youth worker. This week I am at the annual Youth for Christ conference.
Right now I feel a bit steam rollered. Not because of anything bad, but because as the loudest introvert in the room, I need time alone to process all I have seen and heard.
How fabulous it is to listen to people with vision, passion and humility. The latter being the sign of their authenticity.
I have heard the deep need to remain with young people for the long term, how we as with young people need to check the “smurf names” (labels) we have allowed to be attached to ourselves. I have considered where on the Eagle/eaglet relationship I am (Deuteronomy 32:11) and what it means to communicate the love of God to a generation of young people with a white hot desire to belong.
I am both encouraged and overwhelmed. Thank God that he has his hand on the rudder even when the storm of our culture looks like it will overturn the boat.
And I am so utterly thankful that we do not journey alone. That as we press on in seeking Jesus and showing Jesus, he is as ever the vine and we the branches.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.