I love youth!
Not as in the Fountain of, but in regards to young people.
My husband and I just returned from a weekend at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center near Davis, Oklahoma, with the youth in leadership at our church, LakePointe in Rockwall, TX. What a glorious time of worship and connecting with 9th-12th graders who have passion for the Lord and a vision for helping others! Spending time in their midst gives me hope for the future of our country. Their biblical values and strong work ethic runs counter to what most of society thinks about this entitled generation. I can only suggest they spend time with some of the young people I know (and watch and admire) from area churches to see deeply they care about the needs of others.
My husband, Bret, and I spoke at two breakout sessions on the topic He Thought/She Thought. The young men particularly enjoyed it when Bret went over The Men’s Rules. Their favorite was “Don’t ask me what I’m thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as the Rangers, the Cowboys or Duck Dynasty.” Piggy-backing big laughs, we seriously explored basic differences in the way men and women think. Most surprising to me is men’s ability to think about nothing. No woman could ever do that. Not only are we always thinking about something, but most of the time we have multiple thoughts, needs, desires, hopes, dreams, etc. running through our overcrowded minds. Bottom line, Bret and I provided the what-not-to-do aspect of engagement and marriage when we shared our story of meeting on May 5th, getting engaged on April 4th and marrying August 20th–all in the same year. After nearly 25 years of marriage, we do possess some knowledge about working toward wedded bliss. I hope and pray God enhanced our meager message.
We arrived home yesterday afternoon, completely spent. But many of you know the feeling well–the one where you’re physically depleted of every ounce of energy, but spiritually rejuvenated. Being around young people will do that for you. It I came away encouraged from spending time with Sophie, Taylor and Whitney. With Kailey, Reagan, Regan, Hannah and Alex. With Julia, Victoria and Andie. Having great talks with some amazing young women, including Anna and Emma. Joking around with great guys: Josh, Brandon, Jared, Brent and Chip. In the Willie van with Reese, Brady, Garrett, Blair, Connor, Lauren and Peter. With our awesome youth workers–Shane, Aaron, Greg, Rebecca, Tom, Clint, Chris, Jamie and Jeremy. For those who served behind the scenes: Diane, Bill, the other Bill, Bruce, Rod and Teri. For lay leaders who give of their weekend to spend time with the greatest group of youth on the planet: Janine, Kim (I pray your injury heals quickly!), the other Kim, Paula and many others. Worshipping with Matt Wheeler and his band. Learning more about overcoming temptation by studying Jesus’ tempting by Satan in Matthew 4 from Wes Hamilton.
The weekend felt like practice for heaven.
Reason #84,392 that I love youth!
(And allow me to apologize in advance for any Twitter links I missed.)