It’s a Journey

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By Katie Campbell, City Life

There is always so much more going on that we don't know! Have you ever interacted with a person who just cannot stop making jokes, or with a person who just talks and talks and talks, or a person who keeps making the same mistakes over and over again? It is so easy to dismiss or judge the behaviors. It is much harder to try and understand what is going on underneath.

One of my favorite parts of working with High school students is that it is often a challenge to figure out what the behavior is communicating. Are they hurting? Are the saying something without words? Do they need my patient grace? Do they need a pep talk? Do they need my silent comfort? What words should I use here?  People are so complex.

It is a journey of long conversations, shared experiences, some laughs, some tears, some awkward conflict resolution, apologies, forgiveness, and lots and lots of prayer. And that is just for ONE student. Imagine how many interactions and conversations and prayers it takes for a group.

Last Monday I watched as the teacher asked a group of 20 students this question: What is it that you are using to fill yourself up with? Essentially what is going on that is causing the behaviors in your life. One by one I watched as the students uncovered the raw truth about themselves:

"I had to take care of myself all growing up and because I want love and acceptance. I try to get it from physical things"

"I just make everyone laugh because I don't want to be angry, because when I get angry it's all bad. So I just laugh and make people laugh with me."

"I don't talk with anyone at home, so when I'm with my friends I don't stop talking because I want to be heard and I don't get that at home."

"I don't want to deal with my stuff, so I distract myself by trying to fix other people's problems."

The talkers. The fixers. The jokers. The lonely. The thirsty. The hurting. They all need the same thing: A listener. A person to give themselves fully as Jesus did with us. They need someone to care and point them to the ultimate Healer just as Paul did for his people -- "so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well." (1 Thessalonians 2:8)

At YFC we listen. And we care. And we help guide students to their ultimate Healer in Jesus Christ. And we invite you on this journey with us.

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