Wheat and Weeds

Originally published in June 1993

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field?Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

"The servants asked him, ‘Do you want to go and pull them up?‘No,’ he answered, because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.Let both grow together until the harvest.At that time I will tell the harvesters:First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, then gather the wheat and bring it to my barn.’”Matthew 13:24-29.

Take A Look At Your Youth Group

First Published October 1991 – The First Pair of Cleats

Take a look at your youth group.What do you see?Take a deep look at it with God’s eyes.Be careful, you might not like what you see.

We can look at our youth in one of three ways:

1.  They are all basically good kids. 

Time demands usually help us see this one.You are seeing the youth only from the surface.It takes all of your time, energy, and creativity just to run the youth program.As long as the youth are satisfied with that youth program, you think you’ve done the best thing for them.

A Story of What We Do as Youth Workers

In the YA fiction secular book, Once Was Lost, by Sara Zarr, the story is about a teen girl’s crisis of faith.Early in the story the plot plays out: “Allie talks some more and I start to envy her Mexico (mission) experience.Right now I would love to have a personal message from God.I want to believe the way I used to, when my dad or mom or sometimes both of them would pray with me at night and I would picture God listening, kind-eyed and bearded.He was real to me, as real as my own parents. I don’t know when God stopped being someone I saw as my true friend, and turned into something I’m mostly confused about. But if I can believe that Allie believes, maybe that would feel close enough.Like if I can latch on to some third-or fourth-hand experience of real faith it will almost be enough to make up for what I’ve lost.”(p. 22)