Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Youth Groups

We got somecrazy kids in our youth group. While they are crazy, they are completely loved. COMPLETELY, 100% loved by a God who is so big!

I was thinking, after looking at another youth group on the web, man, our youth group doesn't look anything like that. Really. I mean, they look like poster children for heaven, perfect hair, blond hair, blue-eyed, big smiled kids. Our kids just don't look like that. Pick a color, any color, and we've probably got a kid who looks like that. And piercings, shew, can I go on and on about piercings, snake bites, gages, yikes. Smile for the camera, are you kidding, most of the time I have to threaten them that i will post one all by themselves if they won't get in the pictures, sheesh.

I am not sure what goes on in the mind of youth pastors all over the world, and if they were to picture a youth group, would they paint one that looks like ours? I don't know.

But this I know, in God's mind, our youth group is a masterpiece. God's master piece. A bunch of kids, and leaders, who have tatoos, skateboards, sewing kits, guitars, crazy hair, on their knees screaming for and about a God who came down and saved them. He saved them eternally, and He saved them right where they stood. With one thing. Love.

Love is an amazing thing, it makes you see things that aren't there, and it makes you see things in heightened awareness, it somehow helps you give allowances (thanks Katie) for things that drive you nuts, and it saves you were you stand.

Love love love. All the world needs is love.

Psalm 5:11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you


Trish said...

Thankfully God sees our hearts, not our hair color or length, he takes us with or without piercings and tatoos! Thank the Lord for those young people who thirst after Him. It is awesome!

Heather Smith said...

Great post, Margie! I'm so glad that God loves us based on His standards not on ours. Sure, in our minds it may seem like those clean-cut, smily kids are the picture of perfection, and sure to be chosen first by God. But God sees the heart, and He knows us as we really are. And He looks past the outside to the sincerity of our cries to Him. And He loves us NO MATTER WHAT. Just amazing!

If you can see what I see said...

Wonderful post!! whoohooo I love it what you said and my heart is the youth group and this just really made my heart smile. We have alot of those type of kids too and let me tell you...they are precious and loved!