Last night, I spent my evening with the Cristo Redentor Youth Group. For this past school year, I have been teaching them once a month. We pray, share something about ourselves, practice Lectio Divina, I tell them a Bible story, and best of all, we eat. The kids are Jr. High and High School age, and they laugh and play, worry about school, and all the things that kids that age deal with. They are Hispanic and have the gift of being bilingual.
One evening when we were in our circle, one of the boys commented that he liked to play games, and wanted to know why I didn’t play any games. I decided to be totally honest with the kids. I told them that I was a little afraid about being with them, and what I would do when I was with them. I told them that I had done youth groups and played games, but that wasn’t really my thing. I didn’t like to play games that much, but I did like to teach and share my faith. I told them that I was just going to try and be myself with them. I was not going to try and be anything that I am not.
When I started teaching youth many years ago, Papoo gave me some good advice. He said, “Davin, those kids are going to remember about 10% of what you say, but they will remember 90% of what you do.”
So, I just try to be the person God made me. I just try to be me.