There are ups and downs in being a youth pastor, the ups come when I get to see young people making good choices in their life, the downs come when I see them making choices that have long-lasting negative impacts on their lives. There are many of each of these.
A couple weeks ago was a big up...the youth were in charge of the whole service at our church. This meant that they ran everything from ushering, to speaking, to singing, to sound and tech stuff. I know that these young people are talented passionate people, but it really gave me a sense of pride to have other people see it as well. I am so proud to see the people they have become...I know that I am a very small part in making that happen...but I am proud nonetheless that they are so great in spite of my weaknesses.