After I made the 15-minute drive home for break I see an example how fortunate I am to have my family. This seems like it’d be really obvious to point out, but because we may not see them for a while we can sometimes take our families for granted. Our families do so much for us as individuals we begin to expect them to care for us and love us no matter what. Being close to home, I see my family a little bit more than most college students and I’m grateful I do. It’s really comforting to see even though I’m making the slow transformation to becoming a self-sustaining adult they love me just the same and will always accept me for who I am.
Now, I’d like to say this is true for all families. Unfortunately, that just isn’t reality. All families fight. Some fight a little, some a lot, and others a lot more than most. This is where I believe we can begin to have some impact on kids as Young Life leaders. Despite what a Young Life kid is experiencing at home, club or campaigners or hopefully camp should be a place a kid sees where they will be loved. Sure the games and songs are fun but the love comes from us. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). As a kid in high school, I always saw Young Life as a place where I could find peace for a few hours each week with some weird college friends. As a leader, I can only hope I can give some peace to another friend who needs it.
Centennial YL Leader
This blog is operated by the Young Life Leaders at the University of Illinois & Parkland. A different leader will post daily over winter break. Our hope is to push each other to grow, & to love Jesus more.
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