truthIf I am honest, I don’t always want to hear what my students want to tell me.

A few weeks back, I was hanging out with a few girls from our ministry and was asking them about what it means to be a Christian. They were using a lot of words to me that sounded flat…and boring. So, I asked them point blank, “do you think being a christian is boring?” And each one of them quickly answered yes. This is not what I wanted to hear. It was a major bummer on so many levels.

BUT then I realized something. They told me the TRUTH. It would have been so easy to lie to me, to tell me what I wanted to hear but they chose to be honest. And while this doesn’t dissolve that we have some stuff to figure out…(good thing they are only 9th graders, we have some years), it did give me hope that we have a safe and honest relationship.

Question of day: Do your students feel safe enough with you that they can tell you what you don’t want to hear?

I love these girls and I know that I can’t “fix” them. I hope they keep telling me the truth…even when it hurts or disappoints.

How do you create this type of safety in your ministry?

(image credit RJ Gruenwald)