The winter season is the most extended break we have as Young Life leaders. Many of us head out of town to be with family and the staff participates in weeklong intensive training in Florida. We go for a while without seeing all of our high school friends and try to get together with them when we can in the middle of their vacations and the business of the beginning of the spring semester. This past Monday the staff, volunteer leaders and I were so excited that Young Life was finally back.
We had our annual spring ‘kickoff’ at Main Event on Monday and it was so great to see all of our high school friends return to hang out with us, even when we weren’t having club. Of course Main Event is great but it isn’t this huge event that we pull off to draw our high school friends to hang out with us. They wanted to be there because they knew their other friends were going and they knew that their Young Life leader would be there.
The meaningful relationships that Frisco Young Life leaders have are built on top of a lot of things; poor eating choices at 11pm on weekdays, awkward lunch room hang outs and cheering for them at sporting events. A lot of time goes into earning the right to speak into our high school friend’s lives and the more that we prove that we aren’t going anywhere, the more they seek us out. This isn’t because these volunteer leaders possess ‘coolness’ or relevance, it’s because they have the only thing that matters: Jesus. In a culture where dissatisfaction is rampant, high school kids want to know why their adult friends have peace and security and where they can find it for themselves. This world and everything in it is passing away and our leaders get that, so they remain present. They know that everything counts.
So whether that’s at Club on Mondays or playing laser tag at Main Event or going on ‘dinner adventures’, Young Life leaders will be around to be consistent and to make good on their word, over and over and over again – because they love Jesus, and they want their high school friends to love him also.
Spencer Jacobson, Frisco Young Life staff