point them to jesus.

Every day I encounter teens with heart-wrenching stories, teens who have no knowledge of the goodness of God.  Their pasts are filled with abuse and addiction and fear.  Their futures are dark and bleak.  As an employee of a secular organization, I am limited in how much I can share about my faith.  I do my best to share the love of Jesus through my actions, but I know there are many days when I fall short.  I worry I'll let them down.  I worry I'll lose touch with them before they personally experience the love of Jesus.  

But when I open up God's Word, I am reminded that Jesus loves them so much more than I ever could.  

I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.
— 1 Corinthians 3:6-7

Maybe I'm the one who plants the seed.  Maybe the seed has already been planted and my job is to water it.   But no matter what my role is, God is the one who makes the seed planted in their hearts grow into faith.

It is not my responsibility to save them; Jesus is their Savior.  

It's not my responsibility to heal their wounded hearts and minds; Jesus is their Healer.  

My job is simple:  Point them to the One who will NEVER fall short.  Point them to the One who will not lose track of their whereabouts. Point them to the One who not only knows the number of hairs on their heads, but intimately understands their pain.  

Point them to the One who is the SOURCE of Light and Hope and Joy.

Point them to Jesus.