Protect Yourself and Others

From Sexual Harassment

People who get too big for their britches shouldn’t be surprised when they get caught with their pants down.

An expert is defined as a person with comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of a skill in a particular area. So I’m pleased to say I have no expertise in the area of sexual harassment. But I’m not foolish enough to pretend I couldn’t be caught in its web. And you shouldn’t be either. But how do you protect yourself from becoming a person who exploits your power or position? Simple.

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Three Ways to Teach Youth their Identity in Christ

“FOR WE ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE…”

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Teaching Youth Their Identity | Timothy Eldred

I might be wrong, but I doubt that most young people walked around saying, “Look at me; I’m a masterpiece!” More teens’ lives seem to convey, “Look at me; I’m a mess.” They feel as though life lacks meaning, and they make decisions that help them fit in more than stand out. Unfortunately, I find this true of both Christian and non-Christian youth.

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Lessons from 317 Million Miles Away

I was listening to an NPR news report this morning about the landing a spacecraft on a comet 317 million miles from Earth. The Rosetta probe dropped its payload named, Philae, on the 2.5 mile-wide mass, called 67P/C-G. But there’s a problem. Philae is stuck in a shadowy crater. Its solar panels are unable to absorb the light of the sun. Its battery is dying. So what happens next? And what can this situation teach youth workers?

Philae Touchdown on 67P/C-G

As I considered the story, I was immediately struck with three thoughts worth considering for our ministry with youth. Take a few minutes to ponder these questions and consider their impact:

  1. Are young people able to absorb the light coming from our life?
  2. Are we intentional about taking time to recharge their batteries?
  3. Are youth exposed to dynamic adults or isolated in the shadows?

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