Yesterday (Monday, April 27), I went with other ministers to a meeting in Winfield, Alabama. Matt Heupel who preaches in the Florence, AL area and teaches Youth Ministry and Bible at Heritage Christian University spoke to us about Youth Ministry. There were active Youth Ministers in attendance and some of us formerly worked as Youth Ministers. He had a lot of good material to share and the conversations that followed were informative as well. Below is a test he gave us, that I want you to take. This is not a long test and will not require more than a few minutes of your time. Grab a pencil (or pen) and a sheet of paper, then answer these THREE questions:
1. In the next 30 seconds list five (5) sermons that had a great impact on who you are today.
2. Take 30 more seconds and list five (5) events or activities you attended or participated in as a young person that influenced you to be who you are today.
3. Now take 30 seconds to list five (5) people who influenced your life.
If you are like me, you struggled to list five sermons (and I preach them). It was a little easier to list five activities, but not as easy as it was to list five people.
What a great observation this little test forces us to make! I have great influence on others. Someone is watching me and learning from me. That is why Jesus tells His followers, “You are the light of the world . . . so let your light shine before men that they may see you good works and glorify God.”
What do those who are watching you see?