I continually find myself surprised by the sheer capacity of students. We often have students who are involved with The Movement Clubs come to the Show Hope office to volunteer. What amazes me is how quickly they knock projects out. I set them up on a project; turn around twice and the students are coming back to me asking, “what’s next?” Most people would assume that if you ask a teenager to do something and they do it quickly that it was done sloppily, but not in this case! These students really care about the mission of Show Hope and therefore do an exceptional job with each task they take on. You name it, and students can do it…filing, counting, searching, sorting, typing, printing, cutting, folding, stuffing, sticking, cleaning, moving, stacking…and on and on they go!
I recently took several students to a committee meeting at a Department of Children’s Services (DCS) office for Davidson County here in Nashville. This was a planning meeting for the foster student graduation party that The Movement clubs are helping to put on. The students were amazing during this meeting! They took notes feverishly, asked thoughtful questions, and totally engaged with the professional foster care workers in the room. I was so proud of them!
To me these are continual reminders of the truth that Paul states in 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Give the students in your life an opportunity to serve, and they’ll amaze you at what they’re capable of as well!