- Your "hard" kids are not problems to be solved, they are people to be loved.
- You gotta be consistent--not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.
- YOU are responsible for leading you--figure out the best way to get fed.
None of that is original or rocket science. And it's all stuff we know, but need to be reminded of.
And I felt like I was connecting to some of them.
Then I closed with a small part of my story.
And a few cried (including myself).
And, I had this overwhelming feeling of regret.
Not because I told my story...but, because I talked AT them for so long before just being authentic and sharing the real stuff.
It was a perfect picture for me of what God has been teaching me: every person's story matters--even mine. Even if nobody reads it or comments on it. Even if we never hear of any life change that happens to others.
But here's the cool thing: Our stories DO change others. Not because of us, but because God works through our imperfections and redeems our "stuff" to draw people to Him.
As a pastor, I often feel like people want advice. And they may think that's what they want, but I think they benefit more from us being authentic and sharing our heart.
Isn't that the case in all of life?