Three years ago I had just returned home from three months in Africa, jobless yet hopeful. I found myself sitting in a movie with friends when North Dallas Young Life’s Area Director leaned over and asked, “Have you ever considered working for Young Life?” I had not but was certainly open to the prospect as my job and life goals are education and ministry. He told me he had a full-time position available for me at a new school, and so the story begins.
A few months went by and the full-time position was no longer available. However, in that time I met with the Area Director again and he offered me a part-time position to help start Young Life & WyldLife at ESD. I sat there and thought about how little sense it would make to accept a part-time ministry job with bills and plenty of school debt to pay. But God (because God is never too worried about what makes sense), spoke as clear as day to my heart. He said, “There are kids who are going to be worth all of this.” I believed Him.
So, here I am - two and a half years on staff with Young Life with yet another story of the faithfulness of God. The faithfulness of God, the worthiness of Jesus to be followed here to Dallas, has been one of the sweetest chapters in the story of my life because Jesus is worth all my time and all of my heart. God has given me everything it takes to love and show up for the kids, week by week, year by year. I cannot measure the value of these relationships against my part-time finances or time. These kids are the greatest gift, the greatest compensation, I could receive despite the lack of worldly sense it made to accept a part-time position in Young Life to reach them for Jesus. And for the love of Jesus and the love of all my young friends, I would accept this gifted position again.