Dec 29 2011 Blessings Blog – Day 28: Young People Some really inspiring children This morning I attended a prayer with some UW students at Luther Burbank Park. I was so excited because Justus was with me and I really was missing our ministry. We’ve had some of them over since the break, but I was really lacking something in my faith and couldn’t figure out what it was. About half way through the prayer, I was reminded of how amazing it was to listen to people pray with great passion, sincerity and faith. I was then reminded that it was Jake Tacher who organized the event on facebook. How grateful I was to see his heart and passion to meet with other Christians; so much, that he would organize a prayer because it seemed right to him. I went home thanking God that Allie, Kathyrn and Jake could inspire Justus to pray more sincerely than I ever could. Afterwards, I dropped my son off and met with Ryan, a recent Princeton grad and Campus Minister in my hometown of New York. We talked about life, ministry and everything else under the sun. I thought of his faith, to enter the full time ministry, with an Ivy League education. I was so inspired that a young man so talented wanted to serve the Lord full time. Tim and Jolynn Dewolf came by before lunch and we talked about starting campus ministries. To be visitng for the holidays and wanting to talk about the work they are doing at the other UW (Uiniversity of Wisconson) invigorated me. I was already planning my winter schedule before they left. Then I met with Darius and Justin, two single brothers who used to be in our ministry, but have since graduated and moved to other cities. They are both leading in their Bible Talks and careers. Their life example and laughter kept me smiling the rest of the day. Tonight I spoke to Andrew Hudson who is getting ready to play in the Alamo Bowl tomorrow. Funny, all he wanted to talk about was reaching out to his teammates and how excited he was to renew our athletes Bible Talk on campus next quarter. Wow! All I wanted to talk about was football. I was so encouraged by how he and Cameron were staying strong and having quiet times together! I was so inspired today by the faith of people who were spiritually younger than me. I guess it is more cooperative than that, but they inspired me and motivate me. The lifted me up and encouraged me to keep fighting and trying. Theygot me excited about my faith. Hebrews 3 reminds us to encourage one another daily, and I got a full dose of encouragement today. This morning I heard my 7 1/2 year old son pray to Jesus with sincerity. It was short, but sincere. I was so moved to hear him pray. I guess Ryan, Justin and Darius are so young anymore, but they are relatively young in the faith. I suppose today I thought to myself, what a blessing the youth of our movement is to us. Maybe that’s why Jesus’let the children come to him’…perhaps he needed a little inspiration that day. I’m sure he got what he was looking for, because today, I know I did.