Originally uploaded by thehutch
friendship is a strange thing. My son is nine years and does not always find it easy to make friends, yet appears well loved by most of his class in school. When he does begin to develop a deeper friendship those friends end up leaving the area…..not because of him but due to change in family circumstance.
Yesterday he came home from school and his best buddy had announced that his family was emigrating. My son looked at me and asked whether he should stop making friends because they all leave!
Growing up is a tough thing to do but it strikes me that we are often like this in youthwork settings. Thankfully things are changing but there are not many youthworkers/pastors etc. who manage to stay in a place for 8 years or more. This time setting would enable you to work with just one age group through all their teen years…..I wonder how many young people choose not to build trust in their youth worker/leader or pastor because they do not know if they will leave too soon? One for me to ponder.