Post by: Garrison Polsgrove
Youth Discipleship Pastor at Shepherd Church

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Have you ever heard that saying before? It sounds like one of those phrases your grandfather tells you as he sits on the front porch whittling wood. It’s true, though! Maybe you have never said it, but I bet you have experienced it. I bet you have experienced it after you rushed through something important only to look back and think, “I wish I would have taken more time and did a better job.”

When we don’t take the time to do something well and the job itself is worth doing well, a feeling of “cheap” comes over us. Not the type of cheap we feel when we order a water alongside a fifty-dollar meal, but the cheap feeling that overwhelms us when we hurry through a meaningful conversation at church so we can get home catch to our favorite television show. The feeling that whispers to us, “You only have one life so was that really a moment you’ll be glad you rushed through?”

It is easy to drive home with a feeling of accomplishment after giving a mini-sermon to your students only to later realize you did not connect with them at all. Although listening may not be as exciting as getting to express all the wisdom you have collected over the years by talking for thirty minutes; connecting to your students by showing empathy will bring satisfaction in the long run.

Leading a D-Group of students is a privilege and one none of us should take lightly nor rush through. It is amazing to think we have the opportunity to add value to a student by listening to concerns and affirming who they are in the eyes of God. Although at times we may be tempted to rush through a meaningful interaction to beat traffic or get home to go to sleep, remember if you agree that student ministry is worth doing then let’s be sure we do it well.