I have been thinking about teenagers, youth, early 20 yr olds,
the younger side of life.
Although I still feel that age, I am often reminded that I most assuredly am not!
But I do vividly remember being that age.
The fun times, socializing, energy, late nights, laughs, and people who know you.
The questions, the hard times, wondering, trying to figure out where you are in life,
what you want, where you want to go, who you are…
With the help of parents, church and stable people,
life evened out and a lot of those questions were answered for me.
Today I am blessed to be part of a church with a wonderful group of young people.
We were privileged to spend the last year with them
and I am so thankful for this gang.
They have spirit, they love life, and most of all, they love Jesus.
Planning activities, spending time with them, working, playing,
socializing, volleyball, softball, Bible study, long trips, and much more.
Watching them grow, change, mature, become someone better.
I saw their fun side when they laughed and played games.
There was a serious side when we sat down to study God’s word.
There was the the ever enduring good nature when we packed
40 people on a hot bus for long trip.
They kicked in and worked hard when we hosted youth meetings
this summer for 200+.
They were there and willing to help when we had a work night for someone.
Their friendly spirit came out when we hosted another youth group for a day of fun.
When younger ones started coming along, older ones
were there to welcome them.
They put up with our kids, played with them, teased them and loved them.
Thank you for being someone my kids can look up too, for being a good example.
Thank you for leading the way for the younger ones coming on.
Thank you for putting your heart into your youth group,
these will be your people for the rest of your life.
No one can replace the memories you make with this gang.
You are unique!
There are the teasers, the jokers, the pranksters.
The serious and mature, prim and proper ones.
There are lovable blondes, and beside them the cool, calm and collected ones.
We have some that laugh, long and loud and some that just smile.
We have actors and characters and quiet demur ones.
The happy-go-lucky and those that have known hard times.
We have steady, dependable, always there.
There is the critical pessimist and the encourager, side by side.
This makes a youth group, you need them all.
Who would you be with out each one?
You are unique!
We love you guys and are so thankful for each of you!
Laugh. Have fun. Pray together. Seek His face.
Keep chasing Jesus. Grow. Love each other.
And most of all, enjoy this time of your life.
You only get it once!