I volunteered to help with the church’s kids club this week. I enjoy working with the the little guys. Twice in the last week I’ve been encouraged to mentor. With mentoring on my mind I came across this post that reminds me why working with young people never gets old. Enjoy 🙂

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I had a great meeting with a friend, yesterday — America’s second oldest teenager.  Jon is two years older than I (forty-seven for those scoring at home) but looks and lives twenty years younger.  He’s been working in student ministry for over twenty-five years and attributes much of his zest for life to his involvement with them.  When I asked why he loved hanging out with these kids so much his answer was quick and insightful.

“Because they still believe they can.”

What a great quote!  He said that they are alive with possibility and a possess a conviction that God is still in the business of doing great things — and that He wants to do those things through them.  Jon believes that, too, and as a result he is a tremendous encourager.  His kids are passionate and fearless.

Most folks in mid-life don’t spend time with people like Jon…

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About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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