A once in a career letter

A couple of years ago I received a letter from a student who was just about to graduate.  In my 15+ years of student ministry, I have never received a letter this thoughtful from a current student.  Even though they rarely write letters like this, I believe that what is said in this letter is more true than we realize.  This letter could have been written by any student in your ministry.  But on the off chance you haven't gotten this letter yet I wanted to share with you mine.

Dear Ben,

Thank you.

Adults don't get yearbooks, when students move away and leave, we don't really have a chance to say thank you the same way we would with our peers.  We don't have a way to tell you that no onlyhave you made us grow up, but you have grown as well. You are more relaxed about time, and more considerate about others spelling isseus.  you have lead both by word and by example.  you take tie out of your life, more than is required, and run with us, go to starbucks with us, text us, honestly tried to get to know us.

Thank you.

  • Thank you so much for your patience with me.
  • Thank you for encouraging me even when i was a brat.
  • Thank you for allowing us into your home on New Years when we wanted a safe place to hang out.
  • Thank you for helping our group become our community.
  • Thank you for branching out into my group of friends.
  • Thank you for insisting on taking an educated approach to faith.
  • Thank you for providing us with so many resources.
  • Thank you for coming to my graduation.
  • Thank you for coming to MCAL's.
  • Thank you for letting me do my homework at church so I wouldn't have to miss out entirely.
  • Thank you for your consistent reminders that I belong.

Thank you.

Like I said before this could have and should have been written by all of your students to you.  You are making a huge impact in the lives of students.  Just because they are self-absorbed and fickle, it doesn't mean that what we do doesn't matter.  It does.  Keep up the good work! And just to bring the point home, here is some old skool Christian Cheese!


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