When I was in high school, I had the privilege of having a Young Life leader walk with me through life. Grant Hatasaki was my leader and a great speaker. But what I learned most from Grant had more to do with how he lived in relationship with me, than what he said in front of an audience.
Another principle Young Life was founded on is “Assume our young audience knows nothing about the Christian faith. Therefore, always be in the posture of a teacher — never a preacher. There is a tremendous difference” (from Back to the Basics of Young Life by John Miller).
The best teachers spend time in the lives of their students. They don’t just lecture or preach to them. Let’s strive to be teachers reflective of 1 Thessalonians 2:6-7:
“Even though we had some standing as Christ’s apostles, we never threw our weight around or tried to come across as important, with you or anyone else. We weren’t aloof with you. We took you just as you were. We were never patronizing, never condescending, but we cared for you the way a mother cares for her children. We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did.” (1 Thessalonians 2:6-8, The Message)