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Being Okay With Not Having All The Answers

Recently, I had an interesting encounter with a kid in our middle school group that left me reflecting deeply on the nature of our roles as leaders to the next generation. It was a simple question, really. At least, I thought it was simple until I realized…wait for it…I didn’t have the answer. I assumed I would. I even opened my mouth as if words were going to come out, more like a brain fart. And you know what? It was one of the most enlightening experiences I've had in some time as a next-gen leader.

Real talk, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like we need to have all the answers, especially when guiding young minds through their spiritual journeys. We might feel pressure to be the wise sage who always has a ready response to every theological inquiry or existential pondering. But the truth is, none of us have all the answers, and that's perfectly okay. In fact, it's in those moments of uncertainty that some of the most profound learning and growth experiences can occur, both for ourselves and for the young people we mentor. When we admit that we don't have all the answers, we create space for authenticity, vulnerability, and genuine connection.

As next-gen leaders, we're not here to be walking encyclopedias of theological knowledge. We're here to walk alongside young hearts and minds as they navigate the complexities of faith and life. We're here to listen, to guide, and to journey together in pursuit of truth and understanding as we all follow Christ.

So let's embrace the mystery together. Let's celebrate the beauty of not having all the answers and instead revel in the richness of the questions themselves. Let's create environments of curiosity and exploration where every inquiry is welcomed with open arms and every journey is honored with grace. And remember, dear friends, it's okay not to have all the answers. Because sometimes, it's in the journey of seeking that we discover the true depth and beauty of our faith.

As always,

Rooting for you!


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You're not going to tell us the question? 🤪🤣🤣🤣🤣

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