The longer I work with students the more I am aware of how much we need to trust God. I think St. Paul says it like this – “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1Cor 3:6). Obviously he’s referring to a specific group of people that he had a relationship with, but broadly speaking he hits on two things that I’ve been thinking a lot about.:
1) In God’s plan to change and grow people there are a lot of people on His team. – Parents (biological and otherwise 🙂 ) schools, school clubs, Christian friends, lots of churches and ministries, letters, Facebook comments and messages, godly adults, Christian music, – all of these things come together along with youth ministry at Dix Hills to plant, water, nurture and help students to grow.
2) – Ultimately no matter how hard we work for the gospel, no matter how many people come together to help raise godly students – everything is ultimately up to God! I’m really happy that we’re able to do a lot of events for students. I’m thankful for so many of the parents and grandparents in our church who are committed to raise their own kids, but also reaching out to their friends – we have some great things going on. But, at the end of the day – God is the one who gives the increase – and we need to keep praying for our students and trusting Him.