For those of you who don't know, I have the privilege of working with Middle School students at my church. They are an incredible bunch of kids and the other leaders as well as the Middle School pastor and his wife are some of my dearest friends. Jr. Highers are, well, Jr. Highers... So we're bound to have some drama and some frustrating moments. However, tonight Erin (the pastor) dealt with the issues in a way that I have never seen before.
Instead of laying on the guilt, which is so common a technique in youth groups, Erin asked them a question. He simply asked, What kind of legacy do you want to leave? When those kids that were in Jr. High with you look back at pictures in twenty years what will they say about you? This question hit me hard. What comes to people's minds when they see a picture of me?
It's something we should all think about. When people see our faces in a picture, what comes to mind? Do they think about how you showed them the love of Jesus, or do they think about how you never even said hi to them? I'm not intending to lay on the guilt here at all. In fact, I'm mostly asking myself this question.
I hope that people see Jesus when they see me, and I sincerely apologize to anyone who I have failed in this way.