- I’ll never give up on a kid as “unreachable.”
- I won’t think my job is done when a kid has made a decision to follow Christ. I’ll help them realize how necessary it is to:
I’ll help them find a place to serve and use the gifts God has given them.
I’ll teach them how following Jesus looks in everyday life.
I’ll show them practical ways to help meet the needs of the world – comfort for the stranger, food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty (Matthew 25).
I’ll seek to help each one discover the will of God.
I’ll try to see in them what God sees in them. Michelangelo saw the face of an angel in a discarded stone. Christ saw a writer in a tax collector, a preacher in a fisherman, a world evangelist in a murderer. He uses foolish things and the weak and the despised to work His purposes.
I’ll instill a divine discontent into the mind of everyone, not by telling them the pettiness of their life, but by giving them a vision of the great things God has called us to do.
I’ll make it easy for anyone to come to me with the deepest experiences of their inner life, not by urging but by sympathy and understanding. I will never let anyone think I am disappointed in them, remaining at all times accessible to them.
I’ll keep the cross of Christ central in the Christian life.
I will pray as I have never prayed before for wisdom and power, believing God’s promise that “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask, and it shall be given to him” (James1:5)
I will spend and be spent in this battle. I will not seek ease. I will not think that freshness of face holds beauty in comparison with the glory of heaven. I will seek fellowship with the “man of sorrows…acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3) as He walks through this stricken world.
- Read God’s Word daily
- Read helpful books
- Regularly unite with God’s people
- Serve others and do ministry
Adapted from Henrietta Mears