- You are appreciated– Look, you may not always be recognized, and you may not feel like you are important, but let me remind you that you are appreciated for what you do. Much of what you do does not get recognized, but remember Jesus is recognizing it in Heaven. He sees all you do. You are appreciated, and I hope that your pastor/youth pastor makes you feel this way. Keep it up.
- You are loved– Without you, the ministry does not happen. We love what you do. We love you. We love your family. Keep it up, and know that your pastor loves you, but also more importantly, Jesus loves you. When this is at the forefront of your mind, it keeps you going when things are difficult. Also, your students may not say it regularly, but they love you deep down as well.
- You are important– Look, the youth pastor gets most of the recognition, but really, you make it happen weekly. Discipleship happens with you. You are important. What you do, the time you spend, the money you spend, the effort you bring…all of it is important! Never forget this.
- You are awesome– Look what you do is awesome, but you are awesome in and of itself. Look, you work with teenagers. That makes you awesome!!!
- You are needed– Look, do you ever volunteer for something where you feel like you are not needed. There is a need that is filled by you. Make sure you remember that. Find it, and go for it. We need you, and we need more of you. Don’t quit, because we want you.
Keep it up. Do not burn yourself out, and never feel like what you are doing is not important. It is, and it may not show now, but one day when we get to Heaven, you will be rewarded for what you are doing right here in the lives of students.