This week, I was invited to teach at Shelterwood, a teenage residential facility outside of Kansas City. Most people would probably describe Shelterwood as a place of last resort. At least that was my understanding of what I was getting into. I thought I was going to teach some of the down and out students of society. I figured it was going to be one of those times where I would do most of the talking, and the kids would be bored to death hearing more about how to think about Re-Imagining their own Christian Worldview.
I couldn't have been more mistaken.
When I arrived, I was greeted with such warmth and hospitality. Kids were looking me in the eye, shaking my hand, introducing themselves, and I had a unique opportunity to share how we can see the world in a way we can live out our faith, and make friends.
One student came to me afterward and handed me a note that said, "I personally do not believe there is a God. I am agnostic, and I just don't care if there is one or not. If there is one, cool there's a God. But if there is no communication with him/her whatsoever cool we're just here living our our lives just as we would if there is one. I'm interested in the God you're talking about, and I'd like to continue our conversation."
That's what we do.
We don't just tell people about God, we live life where people are. Of Course I would hope that someone would know God and experience the fullness of life He affords to offer each one of us. But yesterday was a HIGHLIGHT for me this year. To sit with students, some who believe and some who don't, and just have real honest conversations is a joy. Being honest with the things I've learned in life, and the struggles I still have to try and make sense of the world is such a wonderful place for me.
So a BIG thanks to Shelterwood for having me in. I'm looking for more times where we can connect in the future.
If you'd like more information about Shelterwood, Click on this Link http://shelterwood.org