Have you ever been lost? Not the type of lost where you slightly have an idea of where you are, but the lost where you feel completely hopeless? Now, add to that feeling a thousand voices yelling at you, telling you the wrong directions to go. That is the kind of lost that young people in our world are today. They desperately look for the one voice that carries with it the answers they are searching for.
Unfortunately, those right answers are not coming from the government, Hollywood, sports heroes, or, all too often, their own homes. John 10:10 states, "The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." We've all seen the wave of destruction caused by things such as divorce, or addiction, tear a family apart, leaving the children to gather up the pieces. Almost two-thirds of youth in many churches across America have been abused physically, emotionally, or sexually. On top of this, there are the daily pressures we have all felt to fit into the world’s image, to do what the world does, and be accepted. That is where you and I come in: the youth workers.
So, why do we do what we do? Why even try with the odds stacked so highly against us? The answer is simple, because we love them. We don't do it for recognition or a fancy title; we do it because we know the agony of watching a life being destroyed by the enemy. We work with youth because we genuinely love them and want to see the good that God has planned for them come to fruition in their lives. We are the one voice out of thousands that speak truth into the lives of the lost. Not all of them will make it, and we know that. But, something inside of us forces us to try anyway. Some do make it,. sSome succeed,. sSome move past the inherited chaos their families left them to deal with, and do well in life. I'll never forget a time in my life, as a teenager, that I began to drift from the Church. What brought me back was the love I felt from my leaders, even when I wasn't doing right. Look at a missionary map. How many of those couples wouldn’t be pictured there today if somebody didn't show them love? How many pastors, assistants, evangelists, Sunday School teachers, and other ministers would not be where they are today without the help of a youth worker?
Rev. Mark Bradshaw
Assistant Pastor/Youth Pastor
Goldthwaite Center of Evangelism