Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Culture of Respect: Part 2

A few weeks ago we had a great discussion at Uturn JH about the topic of respect and honor. Earlier we posted some thoughts that came from that discussion. This week I wanted to post some thoughts from the youth pastor you rarely get to hear from, April Nault. Usually I get the microphone to share, but she wanted to share some thoughts about this topic too.

"When I think about respect at Uturn, I think about remembering someone's name, not talking while someone else is, or listening to what Sean has to say, but what I realized is that these are secondary issues. What should be my primary focus at Uturn? It should be respecting God. Yes, we want to cut down on disruptive talking or playing with our cell phones, but our heart should be "God, I came to Uturn to worship you and learn more about you." This can be hard. Sometimes our days get filled with drama with friends, a fight with mom or dad, homework stacking up, or ___(fill in the blank)____. This requires me to say, "Okay God, what do I need to check at the door or give to you so that my attention is on YOU and not distracted by something else?" We shouldn't cover up, mask, or even diminish what's going on in our lives, but we need to take the personal responsibility to surrender our anxieties, stresses, and issues so that we can better focus on Jesus. My heart for Uturn is tha we would be characterized as people that show respect to each other, but first and foremost to God."

I hope this is an encouragement to you. Would you partner with us in making Uturn JH a place where we honor God and people to the best of our abilities?

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