Last week I spent time with 20 high school youth on our annual mission trip. It was my last week really working with them because God has called me to a new place in ministry. It was a week of much joy, crying, and laughter. It was truly a great week of ministry. As the week progressed I spent a lot of time with guys and girls in one on one in conversations. I got many opportunities to talk with my youth group and with other students on my crew. Here is what I learned.
All girls need someone to tell them they are beautiful. They need it desperately. We live in a world that tells them they aren’t good enough, pretty enough, or special enough. Girls who are paper thin and the girls who are not don’t ever need encouragement to loose weight. They feel they are ugly. They feel no one thinks they are pretty. I spent the better part of two nights telling girls they were beautiful. That Jesus finds them beautiful inside and out. God looks upon them through the eyes of Jesus and sees beautiful women of God. Please if you are reading this go and find your daughter and tell her she is the most beautiful person in the world. If you have a friend who is a girl remind her she is beautiful in the eyes of Jesus. I know I just did.
Second lesson for the week is for all the men out there. Show your sons and other men that loving Jesus is manly. I talked to a lot of boys who struggled with this. I am so glad I had a number of male leaders this week who are some of the most manly men I know share with these boys how manly it can be to love Jesus. We as men can be manly and love Jesus. It is manly to worship Jesus. It is manly to be undignified to love Jesus. Jesus isn’t just for women.
So parents, adults, and youth, remember to care for each other, remember Jesus finds you beautiful, and remember to share Jesus’ love with everyone it is the beautiful and manly thing to do.