Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

A little while back I found myself sitting in a meeting wondering why I was there.  It wasn’t because the meeting was led poorly; it had more to do with the fact that it had absolutely nothing to do with my particular focus.  So as the meeting ended I felt like I had just wasted a couple hours.  Have you been there?  Maybe it wasn’t a meeting; it could have been an appointment, a task, a phone call, or a myriad of things that just didn’t seem to fit.  

I have noticed this problem in my life and my fellow friends in Youth for Christ.  We are so willing to help, excited about a new challenge, quickly amused by something new that we abandon ship on our area of focus.  If someone asked us about our area of focus we would without question recite our call to reach out to lost teens through the vehicle of Campus Life.   If they asked more questions we could follow up with elegant words about how we are called to live amongst teens, meet them right where they are at, engage them in all kinds of settings where they will hear about the life-altering love of Christ.  As a matter of fact, this description would sound quite compelling because it is!  

However, if we followed each other around for a few days we might stumble onto some other facts.  Like the fact that we often end up working on lots of things that don’t really connect with our main focus.  Or we spend lots of time only doing a portion of our focus.  Ever find yourself making a video for hours on end that had little to do with the heart of our focus?  Maybe you have sat in a community task force because someone thought those hours every week would be a good use of your time.  This could hurt: have you caught yourself hanging out with the same few teens multiple hours each week for months.  You call it a “Building Time”, but the truth is it is an excuse to hang with familiar kids that are easy to reach while lots of other lost teens walk on by.  Ever spent hours upon hours on Facebook because it is a strategic way to reach out, but you know full well the strategy ended after the first 30 minutes?  

I am compelled by the focus of Christ in the Gospels.  He moved throughout His days with intense purpose in each moment.  He changed direction, stopped, sent people away, knelt, healed, and preached for a reason.  He made razor sharp decisions that always reflected His focus for His time on Earth.  What would happen if we lived and ministered with that razor sharp focus each day?  Two things would happen:  First, we would move the mission forward for which we were called.  Second, we would be more fulfilled because we would witness God honoring our attention to His calling on our life.  

I think the start of a new school year is a great time for a Campus Life director to do some evaluating.  Evaluate how dedicated and intentional you have been at the specific ministry focus God has called you to right now.  Look for ways to sharpen your clarity around how to minister inside this focus.  Next, look for key ways to develop some accountability to use every minute for the Father this school year.  

The good news:  you don’t have a job; you have a specific calling to minister to lost high school teenagers through Campus Life.  You can start moving in the fullness of that focus right now! 

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