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The Oxygen Mask Approach

prayerI came across this article dealing with the fact that youth ministers often forget that they need to make time for themselves to just “hang out with God” and it is so true.  Even in my limited time leading youth in ministry it is easy to forget about your own needs in trying to address their concerns.

The point that stuck with me the most was the following:

How Recently Have You Prayed, “Lord, Show Me Myself”?

It is common practice among Christians to pray “Lord, Show Me Yourself,” (songs with the lyrics “Open the Eyes of My Heart” and “I Want to Know You” come to mind). But when we ignore the challenge of knowing ourselves, we naturally become driven by the reactive compulsions created by our own histories.

Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) If we want to make an impact on kids, if we are driven to be self-less, we may just have to start with putting on our own oxygen mask first.

Read the rest of the article here.

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