A Note to Those Who Work With Youth and Children

To all who work with youth and children (volunteers, staff, pastors),

A few years ago I planted a seed with my then 5 year old. After planting, for the next month he wanted to know everyday why he didn’t see anything, even though we watered it and took care of it.  I told him to be patient, that eventually it would grow and bloom.  But it’s hard to be patient.

You are seed planters.  That late night talk on retreat about life and love, the Sunday morning lesson you teach to the group of squirrelly (insert grade level here), the text conversation with the young person who has lost a family member and needs to know where God is in the midst of the pain, the love you give to a young person who doesn’t accept it – all seeds you plant, not to mention all the small moments we don’t even notice ourselves in ministry.  And you may never see the growth.  Never experience the fruit.  It’s hard to be patient.

So today, on Thank a Youth Worker Day, hear how important your ministry is, that you are a blessing, that you make a difference!  Thank you for the thousands of moments no one sees.  For planting seeds even when no one notices.  For planting seeds knowing you may never see the fruit.  For loving youth and children for who they are, because God loves them.  You are awesome!  You are a blessing!  Thank you!

“Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”  Matthew 13:8

Peace and blessings,

Rev. Brian Durand
Associate Director of Leadership Development

PS  The secular definition of youth worker for Thank a Youth Worker Day includes those who work with children, so this day of thanks is equally for all who work with children!  Consider it Thank a Children’s Worker Day as well.

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