This month I cross the threshold of 20 years in ordained ministry and ministry with youth!
As I begin my third decade, I can honestly say that (apart from lock-ins and roller coasters) I still absolutely love being with teens and pre-teens in the work of ministry, as well as with some of the best youth advisors throughout the years. Johns Creek Presbyterian Church (and Westminster previously) has been such a blessing from God. My faith has been deepened, and my friendships have been some of the most cherished. I've learned how essential it is to be childlike (as opposed to childish!).
I've had the joy of seeing children grow into young adults before my very eyes, having married many of them off, baptized some of their children, and buried some of their loved ones. I've taken great delight especially in seeing some of them even go into the ministry themselves. I have also been humbled by the privilege of standing in the pulpit to share God's word with the world. I am profoundly grateful that I have a job that is a calling, and one that brings me pure joy. To God be the glory!
"Don't let anyone look down upon you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12