Some may not realize it, but youth pastors and a balance beam can actually have things in common. As different as they may seem, there are five possible commonalities between the two.
Just as we walk on a balance beam, a youth pastor can demonstrate and practice these qualities in their life, if he or she chooses too.
1 | YOU NEED HELP
The first step of walking on a beam is you need to have someone help you onto the balance beam. If you wish to walk across, you have to be able to get to the starting point which requires assistance.
Some of the greatest youth pastors in the world are people who have a teachable spirit and a growth agenda. They have coaches, mentors, and friends who help lead and guide them. Having the right people in your life is very important.
Who is helping you on your journey? Remember, in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” (NLT) You have to make sure that you surround yourself with the type of people who will help you grow and support you on your journey! Otherwise, you will not be able to go far.
2 | PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER
After having someone help you on the balance beam, the next step is to start putting one foot in front of the other and keep going.
Great youth pastors keep going even when it’s tough. They continuously stay faithful and walk out the vision of reaching this next generation. They stay moving forward as they, “Trust in the Lord with all [their] heart and lean not to [their] own understanding”, knowing that “He will make [their] path straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Putting one foot in front of the other means, “I’m looking forward, thinking forward, and planning forward.” As a youth pastor, we must stay looking forward, thinking forward, and planning forward, so we are continuously moving forward.
3 | ONLY LOOK AHEAD
While walking across the beam, the third step is to not look down but look ahead in order to stay on track. In youth ministry, stay focused on the why.
It’s about the students. Proverbs 4:25 says, “Let your eyes look directly ahead, and your gaze be set directly in front of you.” That means we need to keep our eyes locked in on our why: loving and leading the students to lifelong transformation.
If you look down while walking across the balance beam, you are going to fall. If you take your eyes off the why behind what you are doing, you are going to fall. Without your focus on your why, it will start to make you question, “Is it worth it?” Don’t allow yourself to get to that point, focus on your why!
4 | KEEP SOMETHING IN YOUR HAND
The fourth step in walking across a beam is to keep something in your hand. As youth pastors, we have to keep something in our hand as we walk through the life of ministry in order to prevail, and that is the Word of God.
A great youth pastor keeps God’s word in his life to be balanced. Psalms 119:105, says “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Without His Word, we will be misguided and thrown off balance. But with His word, we will be made strong and will be able to keep our balance.
5 | START LOW & MOVE UP
Finally, the last and fifth step to going across a beam is you need to start low, then move up.
In relation to our lives, we have to have that mindset. Remember, 1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (NIV) That means stay humble, let God promote you, and let God open doors. Don’t force your way in or make it about you.
When you start to go against God’s timing or have selfish intents, it will make you fall off that path. There is no way you will continue down the line, in the same direction, if you make it about something that it is not.
Let’s walk across the beam of ministry with success! If we allow others to help us, keep going, stay focused on our why, hold onto the Word of God, and stay humble, then we will stay on track and continue to change the lives of the youth across the nation!
Next Gen Director