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26May, 2011

Humble Youth Ministry

arrogant“Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way. I can’t wait to look in the mirror, I get better looking each day. To know me is to love me, I must be a hell of a man. Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, but I’m doin’ the best that I can.”

Randy Raus was being polite when he recently called for an unassuming youth ministry stance. I’m not as nice a person.  We probably are not answering hard questions out of a semi-unconscious state of false arrogance.

There, let speak of the unspoken sin of youth ministry — Arrogance.

It is arrogant to just expect kids to show up without putting some real effort towards invitation  It is arrogant to wear our events as badges – mission trips. youth conferences, pilgrimages and retreats somehow make us assume that large numbers on events automatically mean we are transforming teens. It is arrogant to not connect in with neighboring parishes or the diocese because we assume we won’t get anything out of them, rather than attending to see how we could serve or give back. It is spiritually arrogant to believe that it is us who is making the difference and not God.

Randy’s whole list is a worthy read as an examination of conscious as we enter summer.

Oh, Lord, help us be humble, as only You are perfect in every way. As we catch ourselves looking in the mirror, open our eyes towards how you see us, gifted yet flawed. We desire to know You and love You. Oh, Lord, help us be humble so that we might be doin’ the best that we can.

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