Okay, I’ll keep try to keep this post short and sweet. About two months ago I was seeking God about direction in what He wanted me to be specifically doing for my youth group kids. I know that I ought to take this position very seriously. God has entrusted sheep to my care (1 Peter 5:2) and as much as I delight in this position of ministry, I often take it for granted.
I often neglect to pray for and intercede on behalf of these kids as I should. I mean I NEED to be praying. 99% of kids who come to the youth group are not yet saved. They are from non- Christian homes and Wednesday night youth groups are really they only church setting that they are ever in. There is really no logical reason why they should even be a part of our youth group. They’re not Christians (yet!!!) and their parents sure aren’t forcing them to go. But by now we should have all realized that God doesn’t do many logical things! His works are miraculous… His works are supernatural! The fact that God has put these teens, just a few years younger than me, into my life is nothing short of a miracle!
Well as I was saying, I was seeking God about specific ways that He would like for me to obey Him in this ministry and I felt God lay on my heart to begin praying for and fasting for a specific boy who had recently began attending our group on Wednesday nights. But not just ANY boy. It was Marco! Seriously?! The kid who’s been sent out for cursing out our youth pastor on multiple occasions?! The gang-banger?! The kid who seriously just ignores us and does not respond when we speak to him?! Really, Lord? Really?!
Oh, why, why, why are my thoughts so fleshly?
Yes! God wanted me to fast for this kid. To seek God about him and for him. I didn’t understand it because this wasn’t one of the kids that I had developed a relationship with or ever really talked to. Truth be told, I was kind of intimidated by him. How could I possibly make a difference in his life. Well that’s exactly it. I can’t making a difference in his life… God can.
And He really is! God is working and it truly is a miracle! God has recently used the most unexpected, “silly” little scenario to open up a relationship between me and Marco… or should I say “Tommy”. Hehe =)
One day a few weeks ago we watched a movie called “Something to Sing About”. To cut a long a story short the main character in the story is a young man named Tommy with an amazing gift for singing. When we got done watching the movie, Marco walked up to the altar (we were watching the movie on the big projector screen in the sanctuary) grabbed a microphone and put on a show for everyone by mockingly mimicking the guy in a movie. He got everyone rowdy and distracted them from what they were actually supposed to be doing at that time which was listening to Pastor Jamie… he seems to enjoy doing this.
BUT here’s the funny thing. Word on the street is that Marco can actually sing really well. Supposedly he sings at school and stuff in joking way but he actually sounds really good. So seeing as we’re thinking about doing a concert-type of thing as a fundraiser soon for the kids to go to camp, I randomly started joking with him that we were going to give him a solo in the concert AND around that same time I also started calling him “Tommy” instead of his real name after the guy in movie.
At first he did not think it was very funny but I think it kind of grew on him. I kept calling him “Tommy” and now EVERYONE else does also! All of his friends and even our pastor! It’s so funny. He answers to it and everything. But the most amazing part is seeing how much he’s been changing lately. Marco actually smiles now. He NEVER used to smile! And he talks to us now! And he hardly ever gets in trouble anymore. He’s says bye to us as he gets off the church bus. The transformation is so radical. It’s crazy! Or duh, maybe it’s just God being the awesome miracle working God that He is?!
I was talking to Mariah (another of my youth group kids) who happens to go to the same school as this guy Marco… I mean Tommy, and has known him since before this transformation started to take place. She was telling me that even she has noticed how different he’s been acting lately.
(Mariah – Middle)
Wow! Can you believe that? God is doing something amazing here and I want to be a part of it. Oh, that we would listen to God when he tells us to move. Oh, that we would obey. That we would be faithful.
“Then I will raise up a faithful priest who will serve Me and do what I desire.
1 Samuel 2:35