Wednesday, July 12, 2006

how did I get here?

For the last 3 days and next 2, I have been and will have been at youth camp with my students. This year compared to last year has been so much different... Last year I was just a leader... this year I am a youth pastor. It is a really weird feeling knowing that I am the one that is 'in charge'. The biggest reality check has been the students who have come up to me and entrust me with their deep secrets, their hurts, their fears, their questions, their struggles and information about their lives that I would have never dreamed of hearing... At these times God takes over in the conversation... It is no longer I that am speaking, but God speaking through me... After a conversation like this with a student, I sit back and wonder how those words ever came to me and out of my mouth... I am amazed how God can use a loser like me to have an impact in these students that I am growing to love so much.

8 comments:

Q said...

When I look at my son, I do not see a loser. I see a wonderful sweet young man with a heart for God. I'm proud to be your mom. I love you

Jodi said...

Just wanted to say "hi" - it's been awhile! :) Sure am sorry we're missing out on the camp experience this year....tee hee hee. Actually, Paul probably really is, but it was a narrow escape for me! :p

Jerry DePoy Jr. said...

Hey Eric,
I am deeply proud of you man. I know that you are going to have a lasting impact on these students, and your reward is/will be great in the nowbutnotyet Kingdom.
Let's trade stories again soon.

- j d

Nicholas Mark Wagenmaker said...

thats awesome man... youth camp was a blast

Nate said...

Eric,

You are not a loser - you are the person God had for this position. In just the short time of you being a leader I could tell you were a youth pastor.

nate

david rudd said...

you're a loser.

david rudd said...

just kidding.

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