Posted by: Scott Rubin
Like most of you, I really love middle school ministry. Like some of you, I have a couple middle schoolers living in my own house, which makes life even more fun. In anticipation of today (April Fool’s Day) my 6th grade son carefully placed spreadable-cheese over the top of both of his 2 older brother’s deodorant sticks. He leaped out of bed this morning to see how things would play out, gleefully imagining cheez whiz applied to his siblings armpits. The funniest part was that neither brother made deodorant part of their morning routine today, much to the dismay of my 6th grader. (But it may explain the odd smell that often permeates my house.) April Fools Fail!
Do you ever feel like a Fool for serving middle school students? I do sometimes. When some are wildly unfocused, or even innocently distracted. When some seem unteachable, and others seem downright mean. When they’re frequently unappreciative, and often so self-focused. More than once I’ve walked to my car after being around middle schoolers and wondered if I was just being foolish.
But… Paul said “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” !
And sometimes God reminds me that my work is not in vain. (at least some of it!) Like the 7th grade boy I met with last month who was dabbling in illegal activity, but confessed it to me, decided to put it behind him. Like the mom of the disabled 6th grade girl who emailed me this week to tell me that my words to her daughter really made a difference. And maybe even like the other students I’ve invested in recently, but who haven’t given me any indication that God is doing much with it! Foolishness? Or the power of God!