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