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the battle is rough

sometimes it seems like the battle for hearts and minds [to use vietnam terminology] is a rough one.  one that i feel so beat up keeping in the middle of. trying to shape and pass on a biblical world view to students seems to get rougher and tougher the longer i am in youth ministry.

we have the most amazing truth and life to offer in Jesus Christ but it seems like the response is a yawn and a whimper so many times. aaarrrggg!

i also wonder where are their families, where are their parents in this battle?  have the just left it up to youth workers, the church and their teachers if they happen to go to Christian school?

what does it have to seem like when we offer Christ up against what culture has to offer, the students look at you like you’re crazy for even suggesting that choice? if they dared they might say something like, “you can’t be serious you would want me to give up abercrombie and xbox for a bible and service project? get real!”

i know that if many others who have gone before me were sitting here they would laugh at me now for thinking this is some kind of new problem or that my worries and doubts with my students is any different than the ones they had for their students and children.

all i can keep doing is being faithful to the call God has on me to proclaim he word and pray like crazy for each of these students.  i know praying is the one area i have definitely coming up short on.

pax: ty

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