I know sometimes events like this can seem expensive or may force students to miss school and other important activities. These things are important but, When it comes to TNT@TNU the chance for a young person to encounter God and find Godly friends that they may keep close to them for the rest of their lives far out-ways the small sacrifices that we make like an extra 20 dollars for a hotel room or missing a day of school while we are going for perfect attendance or even the sport they happen to be playing at the time. One of the things that blew me and plenty of others away this week was seeing the commitment to God a group of our teens had that had come to TNT. Saturday night at the closing ceremonies of TNT there was a group of students dressed in prom clothes sitting with the rest of our students. When asked why they were dressed that way, they told us that they were missing their own prom to be here with us for TNT.
As a youth pastor it isn't my desire to see my students miss out on important things in life, but I absolutely love when students are able to stand up an say "my commitment to God is the most important thing in life". These students went way beyond my expectations. For a generation of young people like this, I am truly thankful. I am also thankful for the opportunity to be one of the people God has allowed to influence them, to have meaningful relationships with them and to lead them in this Christian walk.
Until Next Time -Just Jon