Young Life used to be the most entertaining thing in town. There was literally nothing you could do that could entertain you more than a Young Life club. I don’t think this is true anymore. Kids have access to all the entertainment they could handle.
We can’t compete with the world’s ability to entertain kids but we uniquely offer them a space to talk about things that matter in a grace filled environment. Kids are dying for this.
They are dying for relationships with people that allow them to be themselves.
Late one Tuesday night I got a text from a sophomore in high school that I had known a while. He asked me if I could meet him for breakfast the next morning before school.
I walked into a Paradise Bakery at 6:30 the next morning and he was already sitting in the booth. I asked him how he was doing and he said,
“Good…. But I have everything a high school kid could want, I am a good athlete, a good student, I could hook up with almost any girl I would want to, my parents love me….but I am miserable and no one knows it.”
It doesn’t take much to get people talking, even 16 year old guys.
Eventually he said that he wanted to follow Christ like we had been talking about all year at Young Life. His life hasn’t been the same since.
High School kids are dying to talk about things that matter in a grace filled environment.
Most of the times that we make observations about kids it is really just a safe way of saying that it is true for us too.
Adults are dying for it too. But we are too scared to do it. We think we are the only ones who want it. So we stick to talking about sports, or our kids, or our jobs, or the weather.
If you haven’t figured it out this isn’t about Young Life, it is about friendship.