Small Gifts

Last night the lesson was just OK. We did the “band aid praise” activity that I rediscovered when I was going through my hard drive and it “worked” I guess. At least none of the students were disruptive. By the time we got to the lesson, I have no clue where my mind was, but I had little idea of where I was supposed to go next. I sort of stumbled and rambled my way through a lesson on how we aren’t supposed to fake it with God, because that was what was in my notes, but I was almost sure that the lesson had a different focus when I was putting it together on Tuesday.

Anyway, like I said, it was OK, but not perfect (even though being back in our space was amazing). After church I have been trying to make an effort to hang out with kids again. Having two small boys (and one under a year old) who need to go home and get into bed has made that difficult, but with the little one growing up I have been trying to make it a priority.

I walk out the back door and a student who hasn’t been coming long is sitting on the tailgate of a truck (we are in the south after all). As I sit down with her she says, “Thanks for that lesson tonight. I needed to hear that.” It was a nice small gift from God, and I bet she has no clue how He used her in my life last night, but He sure did.

3 thoughts on “Small Gifts

  1. Mia says:

    I used the Band Aid Praise today in my Sunday morning youth celebration!!! It was wonderful!!! I think that this was something they needed and this really touched them. Thank you for the idea!!!
    A fellow average youth minister in NC,
    Mia P.

  2. The Average Youth Minister says:

    That makes me smile. I’m so glad you were able to use it.

  3. LR says:

    I read the poem “The Cost” and it was just perfect for our Good Friday presentation. I am a director of a youth/kid’s choir and we are doing a dramatization of the play. Thank you for sharing what God puts in your heart. LR

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