I had the privilege of writing the first in an article series published today at YMX. “You Matter” is a collection of essays of encouragement to youth workers.
You matter. It’s not what you do, it’s you. More than you matter to your family, your students, your church, or anyone else, you matter to God.
When the days are hard, it’s tough to remember that before you mattered to anyone else, you mattered to God. He knew you first. He sees your whole life from beginning to end, and He always has. He sees your potential and created you to fulfill it. He knows what it is to be you, face what you face, feel what you feel, because He put on frail humanity for you. No, He hasn’t faced your elder board or senior pastor, or a difficult parent, or your unruly students. But He has faced Pilate, the High Priests, his broken-hearted mother, a skeptical hometown, and mentored a promising but thick-headed group of guys (who incidentally achieved astounding results after He’d gone on).