Right now I'm in Oklahoma and after this mornings session a few students came up to me and began to share their very real heartache, pain, and difficulties that they're living with. Honestly, I just felt so honored that they even approached me. But it reminded me again why we do this. Adolescents is no easy task, especially in today's culture - the world is harsh, difficult, full of pain - and yes much joy - but when students are in the middle of the painful hellish stuff, we can't forget to join God in just being there - sitting with them, carefully listening - not trying to solve their stuff - but instead allowing the Holy Spirit to guide, lead, and direct.
May you be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading as you encounter students in these wonderful summer months - joining God in lifting their heads - restoring hope and gifting them with listening ears and loving words of beautiful truth.