Post by: Judy Aram
Shepherd Youth D-Group Leader

I am just addicted to being used by God.  The Lord has given me a lifetime of opportunities to do just that in Youth Ministry. In college, while dating the man who would later become my husband, we started and built a youth group at the church my father pastored.  Bill stressed often a verse that I’ve carried with me throughout all these years:

“If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost.  You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground defending him” I Cor. 13:7

This verse energizes and inspires me, because young people need another voice maximizing their significance.  You can influence them because they are moldable. The Lord has always given me an enormous reservoir of love and encouragement (exasperated sometimes..yes, but the Holy Spirit always empowers that love to be replenished).

Sometimes we do not know if we have made a difference, but we can trust that His word and His love will not return void.  Ask the Holy Spirit to fill up your reservoir, and watch Him to empower you to do His work.  As I was writing this, it hit me how I was able to minister to youth alongside my father, my brothers, my husband, and my sons.