We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not the Master Builder; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.
- Archbishop Oscar Romero
There are so many stupid things that happen to you when you're a youth minister. In my experience most of them are perceived perceptions that others have of you. This is definitely the most significant way to get to my head. Thinking that no one likes you and that's the reason why they aren't coming to your programming.
Then when you actually get somewhere with the programming, with the events, with the attendance the teens do something to make you doubt everything you've ever thought, ever done, ever even considered a success in youth ministry. The devil brings out something just to show you that you are not all you think you are - you are not enough, not getting anywhere.
THEN, I remember these words: "We are in the seed planting business, not the tree growing business." We plant the seeds for the future generations to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I recall when I was a youth myself and even though I was very involved, there were many things that needed development and growth before going into this myself.
My youth minister knew he was in the seed planting business, not the tree growing business. That there would be many mistakes between then and when the trees starting growing later on in life. So I continue to work, I continue to be discouraged and still push through until one day I see these teens grow into the amazing people that God has created them to be!