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Patience is a Virtue

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matt. 4:19

While on many of the fishing expeditions with my grandfather I noticed that sitting in the boat with the fishing line in the water could take hours before a fish would actually take a bite. I was so anxious and would occasionally reel the line in very much to my grandfather's dismay.

"Son it takes patience to fish!" he would say.

In today's world, it is essential that we practice patience when dealing with the youth. The things we dealt with and the things they go through now are on different levels.

A lot of youth leaders miss the mark with the youth because they may misdiagnose" them. Some youth leaders look at the youth with attitude issues as if they just have a bad attitude and dismiss that youth. But actually, with a little patience and lots of prayers they will be able to see, the reason there's an attitude is that there are some things going on that the youth may not feel comfortable talking about just yet.

It will take patience to wait on the youth to gain trust enough for you to get to the bottom of the attitude. Youth won't just jump in the boat with one grand idea or "party". It takes time for them to develop a relationship to where they are clear that this "boat" is where they belong.

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