This is the only job I have ever had so I don’t know if everyone else has this same roller coaster of emotions with their work as I do. Youth ministry can mess with your head and your heart if you let it. Like right now I am excited about what is going on in the life of one student, worried about another and sort of confused about a third. At the same time I feel like in some places things are going well and I am making a difference and in just as many places things are falling apart and I am doing more harm than good.
It is this constant up and down, but more than that normally it is both up and down. The longer I am in this job the more I see the wisdom of all of those youth ministry books that tell you not to base your self-worth on your job or what a teenager thinks about you. But when your life’s work is wrapped up in that job sometimes it is hard to keep reminding yourself that it will all be OK.