Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement
Mercy is a cool concept. I love to think about it and talk about it. I even like to practice it sometimes. Lately I have been thinking about living it out in youth ministry. When I get together with youth workers I sense this weird vibe of “I need this community of other youth workers, but I am suspicious of them because we are in competition.” We all desire community but we often don’t have the maturity to not compare ourselves and our ministries to each other. This comparing can lead us to withdraw mercy. So how do we give mercy to fellow members of the youth ministry world?
1. Assume the Best
Always assume that other youth workers are called by God, and have issues – just like you! God is at work in all of us and we all need mercy from God and from each other. By thinking good thoughts about other youth workers you will always be ready to offer words of encouragement.
2. Be the First to Reach Out
Many youth workers are isolated and used to it. They gave up reaching out long ago. Show mercy and be the first one in your community to reach outside your church and help other youth workers.
3. Ask Permission
Make sure you are never using someone else’s written word or idea without asking. Giving credit is a way of extending mercy.
4. Don’t One Up
When you’re with other youth workers ask questions and let the other youth workers do the talking. By allowing others to share their experiences without competing for attention, you’ll show unselfishness and true humility.
About the Author
Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners who never leave their side. Doug grew up in… Read More