I really enjoyed Tim Heist’s “Air Time” segment at the Simply Youth MInistry Confrerence last month – just noticed it was also published on youthministry.com. Here’s a clip of his article/talk called Fruit Snacks – head there for the rest!
Maybe in your life you have a relationship with a student or a friend and you can relate to this. A lot of times we donâ€™t see big chunks of fruit in some studentâ€™s lives, big wins and success stories of salvations or being a disciple of Christ, but we need to notice that God is working in their life and He is doing things worth noticing and celebrating. Even if they are little actions or words they could fruit snacks of the seeds you have planted.
In 1 Timothy, Paul reminds Timothy that God is the one that gives us strength and sees us faithful and I would add that God is the one that is doing the work of discipleship not us. In your ministry, with the student that just doesnâ€™t seem to bear the big pieces of fruit or just doesnâ€™t get it, donâ€™t give up. Allow God to do the work and be available for him to use you. Hold on to Paulâ€™s words that he is faithful, hold on to discipling students, and hold on to fruit snacks.