Youth Worker BOOST: The Locators
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"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.”—Colossians 1:28
The Locator is a reality TV series where the host, Troy Dunn, helps reunite long lost family members. In one especially touching episode, a 29-year-old girl is trying to find her mother whom she's never seen. It turns out her mother passed away years earlier. But Dunn and his crew were able to locate a brother this young lady never knew she had. The brother had a picture of their mother, and when the young lady saw her mother’s picture she started crying.
What she said next struck me as profound: “I have never looked like anyone before.”
It occurred to me that in a way, The Locator sums up what we as student ministers do. We are locators ourselves. We help students meet a heavenly Father, a father some of whom never knew they had. We take teenagers created in the very image of God and introduce them to the One who loves them. And unlike some of the reunions on the show, this Father always wants a deep and personal relationship with His children.
What an awesome privilege it is to be called to help students reunite with God, and to grow in their knowledge of Him.
Our prayer for you: Our prayer for you today is that your ministry would be about reminding your students of the Father they were created to look like.
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