Treat Problems. Not Symptoms.

Loneliness Is Not a Condition that Can Be Ignored

I have allergies. And they make me miserable. Spring. Summer. And fall. A runny nose. Scratchy throat. And watery eyes. But these are only the effects—not the cause. To get rid of my symptoms, I must deal with the real problem.

 

Allergy symptoms are easy to spot. But not all human conditions are simple to see. If they were, we’d never wait until it was too late. We’d find a remedy and be rid of the reason once and for all.

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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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