Warmest Greetings to you all.
The emphasis of the current issue of Rangers eNews is on ‘relationship’. I hope you will enjoy reading the articles. I would like to highlight one of my passions in this theme. Consider the following: Your Rangers don’t care how much you know. They want to know how much you care for them!
Please don’t get me wrong; all leaders need to have the proper skills and knowledge in order the run their group. However, does it stop there?
Young people need to be continually hearing how much God loves them, even if they make a mistake. They also need to know how much you care for them too!
Your Rangers don’t care how much you know. They want to know how much you care for them!
If we give our Rangers just knowledge, information and experiences just because we know they will enjoy and benefit from it, without actually caring for them we have missed the whole point of doing Rangers. In every activity, do we show love and concern for them? Are we interested in how they are doing? Or are we quick to correct bad behavior or just get the job done for the reward at the end?
It is important to be showing God’s love to them, speaking in a tone that reflects God’s heart and be interested in them as a person, not just getting them to the reward at that end point. The journey is just as important as the reward at the end. It’s not just what we give them it’s how we give it to them.
Let’s not be just event or task driven but relationship driven. What will the young person remember? Will they remember the skills we have taught them, or how we made them feel while they were with us?
Being interested in each Ranger’s life, their strengths and weaknesses, their walk with God, their family, their friends, their challenges, is all about caring for them. The journey each Ranger is on will be different to others, and it is important as leaders that we can discover each Ranger’s journey.
Let’s make a difference in their lives, mentoring them and discipling them so that they know that we care for them and in turn they will know that God cares for them.
The journey is just as important as the reward at the end!