what youth workers do

the middle school pastor at my church sent out this quote from donald miller’s book searching for god knows what to our middle school volunteer team this week. such a great reminder of why we do what we do.

It makes you feel that as a parent the most important thing you can do is love your kids, hold them and tell them you love them because, until we get to heaven, all we can do is hold our palms over the wounds. I mean, if a kid doesn’t feel he is loved, he is going to go looking for it in all kinds of ways. He is going to want to feel powerful or important or tough, and she is going to want to feel beautiful and wanted and needed. Give a kid the feeling of being loved early, and they will be better at negotiating the other stuff when they get older. They won’t fall for anything stupid, and they won’t feel a kind of desperation all the time in their souls. It is no coincidence that Jesus talks endlessly about love. Free love. Unconditional love.

this seems a good quote for the first day of the cincinnati national youth workers convention. here we go!

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2 thoughts on “what youth workers do”

  1. Marko,
    That’s a great quote…so great I think I’m going to steal it and send it to my volunteers. As I press into that, I really think it’s applicable to adults as much as it is to kids.
    Hope Cincy was/is amazing!

  2. he was one of the best speakers at the whole conference (present company excluded, of course). i know he really challenged people, but if they really listened to the words he was speaking, they were quite profound. i really appreciated what he was doing there.

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