Prepping and Praying
This morning Maria (the lady who runs the day camp I work at), asked me to lead the older kids in worship tomorrow because the guy who usually does it wouldn’t be here. I must admit, I was half shocked and half terrified at the request. In all my experiences of leading worship, this has GOT to be one of the toughest group ever. Kids from 6th to 8th grade are absolutely unresponsive, I wonder if they even care about who God is at all. I had wanted to spend some time today praying for them, but some things got in the way and I couldn’t accomplish what I wanted to do.
There was a part of my heart that was rather reluctant to help out with praise tomorrow, but at the same time, I feel like this could be my chance at changing their lives. Their view of Christianity may not change after tomorrow, but I’m willing to bring anything to the table to let them grow. I remember a couple of kids picking on one of my students because he said he was an atheist. As much as I want to agree with the other kids’ claims, the way they were doing it was just plain wrong. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life, but he also said to love your enemies as yourself. I told the “Christians” to knock it off and leave my student alone. That afternoon, he came up to me and asked if I wanted to play with him. Even though it was a small gesture, I felt his heart open up just a little bit.
There are so many ways that God can use me to make a difference in their world. Some of these methods might be unconventional, but I don’t mind putting on my adventurous hat and trying something totally out of the norm.
This is the age they turn completely away from God, mock the idea of believing in a God, and disregard Christianity as a religion rather than a relationship. Let’s pray that all of that will start to change tomorrow. I know it’s not going to be by my own will, but God-willing, I can be a part of that change.