Over these last two Wednesdays we have been taking our youth to serve at the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara (http://www.unityshoppe.org/). Unity Shoppe is a place where low-income families are served in a dignified manner. It includes an actual store where families can choose items they want and need.
Our youth go over to show the love of Christ through helping to stock shelves, take families through the store and serve in whatever ways we are needed.
These are some of the moments that remind me why I still love being a youth pastor. To serve alongside students who are happy to volunteer and love people because Christ first loved them brings rewards that trump the more challenging times.
This time of year we are reminded God came to live among us. In this generation I see people who are ready to go out and love others. They bring us all great hope for the future of the church and for the many who will be led by them to Christ.