Thursday, May 19, 2011

Being a friend - January 13 2011

“And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making his appeal through us…” (2Corinthians 5:20)

As God in His grace and sovereignty blows on Young Life Capernaum’s growth around the world it is good to pause and remember who we are and who we are not.

I was so frightened and intimidated when I began Capernaum. I even said no when I was asked to become Area Director because I thought a “professional” had to lead this. I was wrong.

The beauty of what God has created is that He has called ordinary non-professionals to be friends to kids with disabilities and encounter Jesus with them. We are not occupational or physical therapists. Though some of us may be, it is still first to friendship and a ministry of reconciliation to which we are called.

Now, of course, we will learn how we can better serve our friends. We will be compelled to deal with a wider range of issues as we enter their world. We cannot ignore these issues if we truly want to be incarnational in our approach to them.

However, their worlds are filled with professionals. The key ingredient missing in their lives is friendship. It is what our friends long for and their parents desperately desire for them.

This is the place of our professionalism and confidence. It is being the best friend possible to kids. A friend that looks like, sounds like, and feels like Jesus. As we are friends like that, lives change, including ours.

So, dear friends, keep focused on who God has called us to be and live that out full throttle. May God give thousands of kids with disabilities a new friend this year as we venture into their lives.

A Friend of Kids,

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