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Fighting Fair Without Wasting Energy

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Visiting NYC this fall, I was reminded that it is important to fight fair while at the same time, not wasting energy to fight when it isn’t necessary.

In Grand Central Station, I saw three men react in anger—shoving a chair into a lady simply because she said the chair was taken.

They didn’t stop there. They continued to fight over the chairs. The lady still had not engaged in their argument—she was never sucked in to the unhealthy conflict but instead, she walked away.

She had a choice. She could have engaged in unhealthy, unnecessary conflict. But she chose a different way.

Devoting our energy to make a difference or healthy conflict is so important. We can ask ourselves the question, “What are we going to devote our energy to?” Better yet, we can pose the question, “What are we allowing ourselves to get pulled in to that is actually wasting energy?”

James, the brother of Jesus, writes as a great reminder to us to let every person be “quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” I’d say the lady at Grand Central did just that.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” That comes from the book of Proverbs, which is loaded with lots of wisdom. It is awesome the way Grand Central Lady handled her situation inevitably turned away wrath. She wasted no energy on pointless conflict.

In case you were wondering, the men walked away, retrieved another chair and scowled under their breath.

Imagine what might have happened had Grand Central Lady not used wisdom and great conflict skills. Anger could have flared in just a few moments.

Take a moment today to consider what good things your energy is being used for and how you can intentionally avoid things that suck us in to unhealthy conflict and wasted energy. What better way could our energy be used?

When good conflict is necessary consider the words of James. He has lots of wisdom to share.

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Reaching out into our High School

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Photo: Young Life’s first ever event at Cherokee Trail High School, where 30 high school students came and heard (possibly for the first time) that God is for them.

My Story:

I started going to Young Life as a middle schooler and continued all throughout High School. While in Young Life as a high schooler my life was completely changed when I began my walk with the Lord at 16 years old. Both my heart and my life were completely changed by the adults known as Young Life leaders as they relentlessly pursued a friendship with me and over time earned the right to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with me. There has been nothing that that has ever brought me more joy, authenticity, community, and the life to the full that God intended than getting to be a part of Young Life over the past 10 years.      

I have felt a specific calling in ministry within the Cherry Creek school district, and I am now on  full-time staff starting Cherokee Trail Young Life, and with Eastern Hills Community Church’s high school youth group.

What is Young Life?

In Young Life, we believe that every kid has the right to hear about Jesus Christ. We believe in the power of presence, in meeting kids exactly where they are at. We believe that the gospel is presented simply by just showing up for kids. We believe that kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. We believe in adults earning the right to be heard with students. We believe in sharing our lives with students. We believe “that there is no price too high pay to see to it that young people have a chance to know the savior. That's not just what Young Life’s all about, that's all that Young Life’s all about” -Jim Rayburn (Founder of Young Life, 1941). We believe, alongside Eastern Hills, that the Gospel is for everyone.

Young Life Club:

We like to think of club as a party with a purpose. Kids gather for an hour a week for controlled chaos, music, games, laughter, that is almost impossible to describe. It’s a place that every kid should feel welcome, seen, and loved. And before the party ends, we share a simple message, by a leader that kids know and trust, about God's love for them. After all, that's what the celebration is all about.

Young Life Leaders:

We believe that kids lives are drastically changed when caring adults come alongside them and genuinely take interest in their joys, failures, heartbreaks, doubts, and struggles. A lot of times, all it takes is one adult believing in a student for them to begin to see the meaning, purpose and worth their own life has.

Eastern Hills and Young Life at Cherokee Trail HS Partnership:

Our vision with this partnership is that Young Life will go to students at Cherokee Trail and meet the furthest out kids, or in other words, the students that may never set foot in a church. And as we do life with these students we earn the right to tell them about Jesus, and prayerfully hope that they will become followers of Jesus. Often one of the hardest parts for adolescents that begin a walk with the Lord is getting connected to a Church, and our dream is to bridge that gap. And through this partnership, we not only have a place to plug students into, (The Well, our high school ministry) but the big dream is that this changes whole family systems and brings family after family through our Church doors.  

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