dont-be-so-hard-on-yourselfHave you ever prayed for spiritual breakthrough to happen in your student ministry, and it just doesn’t happen. If you are like me, you blame yourself. I hear the coined phrases, “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” and I apply that to anyone who I am leading. So, if someone is not actively pursuing a relationship with Jesus, it must be my fault since I am their leader. Look, DO NOT BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF! You may be trying your best to be the example that God wants you to be. You try to model a Christlike life in front of your students. You seek to exemplify what it means to be a follower of Christ. You continue to try to improve your discipleship method. You get your students involved in serving, outreach, and discipleship, but that spiritual breakthrough just isn’t happening. Look, we all go through phases in student ministry where we feel like this. If you have never felt this way, God bless you, but it is probably coming.

I want to remind you and encourage you that at the end of the day, students’ have to make faith their own. You cannot force it on them. In fact, you should not even want to force it on them. Students have to make their own choice, whether they are going to follow Jesus or reject Him. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I immediately feel it is my fault when things are not going the best. When revival is not flowing through my ministry, it must be my fault, but that is not always the case. Look, make sure you are doing your part and being a faithful follower of Jesus, but at the end of the day students have to make up their own minds whether or not they want to follow Jesus. Just a reminder for youth pastors today…

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