Friday, June 11, 2010

Teens value the gift of words

I sat in a hard wooden chair at starbucks. While I remained in that chair a virtual stream of people passed in front of me.

I want to highlight two conversations.

1. A young person flooded our conversation with tears as they told me all the "failures" they are seeing in their life. I've known this young person since they were in the fifth grade and I knew some of what has happened and why they would take the blame. I had a chance to say these words:

You are not a failure at life...

I don't think they had ever heard those words.

2. A young person came and sat with me and questioned me about God. This was unusual from this person who previously avoided such conversations. They told me they want to meet God but they need some time to think. I had a chance to share these words:

"you are attracted to God because you have so much in common with him...namely your desire to help people when they are hurting."

God then told them to give them my bible. My personal bible. I told them what a pain it was for me but it marked where our spiritual lives had intersected of only for a moment.

I drove home with a sore back but a happy heart.
Danny Ferguson
Langley Area Director
Greater Vancouver YFC / Youth Unlimited

I love being married to April
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