Dear Students in Youth Ministry (Part Three)

In November, I announced that I would be resigning in March of 2017. With a sweet baby boy on the way, I am both excited and very sad – excited to meet the love of our life and very sad to leave my first kids.

I’ve posted two pieces over the last three years about “what I want my youth kiddos to know” (here and here), but this one is special. This one has taken me months to write, with many tears shed in the process.

So here we go.

When my high school DCE retired, I was bound and determined to hate her replacement. If you know me personally, you know that I am just stubborn enough to do it, too. I sat at Kerbey Lane Cafe and shared this with my mentor at the time, who immediately admonished me.

“You have no idea how hard it is to be hated by kids before they even meet you.”

He spoke from experience, and his words stuck with me.

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P.S. Cassie, I love you and am really sorry that I ever wanted to hate you.

To my sweet kids:

I know that you aren’t like me. You are good, and you are kind. I know that you will have an open mind and an open heart toward whoever comes next. Know that being the person who comes next is hard. Know that being the person who leaves is hard. Know that I love you dearly and pray fervently that the person who comes next is a much, much better DCE than me.

And I want you to love the heck out of whoever that is.

If you have learned anything from me, let it be this: that you are loved by a God who wants you at your worst, who pursues you when you turn your back on Him, who chose to love you and adopt you into His family. People will fail you; He will not.

And I love you all.

To my kids’ parents:

There is no greater compliment than being trusted with someone’s child. My confidence as a young DCE has grown over these past three years because of you, because of your willingness to trust me with your sweet children.

Thank you.


A college professor of mine would conclude each class by blessing us, his students, with Biblical benedictions. As a testament to him, I began doing the same with my high schoolers at the end of our weekly Bible study. One benediction in particular stood out and soon became my favorite.

So, my sweet kids, let’s read these familiar words together one more time:

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

(Jude 1:24-25)

 

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