sure, we’re allowed to love BOTH being a youth pastor (or director, or leader of any sort) AND teenagers. in fact, they’re pretty linked.
but i was reading a challenging fiction book by Will Self the other day, and this line jumped out at me:
I think Steele is one of those doctors who doctors because he loves he loves the disease, not the patient.
i’ve met plenty of pastors who love the role, but not the people. and sometimes i meet youth pastors who fit that description.
pausing to reflect on your own prioritization of loves would be worth a few minutes of your time today.