Thanksgiving Valentine

“Marvelous Monday” – Special Midweek Edition (wink)

When young people love you, it is one of the best feelings in the world. Society says this generation of teenagers are self-absorbed, ungracious, materialistic and apathetic. But, how are millennial teens any different from the generations before them? Weren’t you a little self-absorbed as a teen? I know I was! My parents are witnesses and can tell you ALL about it.

There comes a time in an adult’s life, when if you’re lucky, you’ll get to experience true demonstrations of love. I’m not talking about love in the romantic sense. I mean the complex, authentic, and endearing love from a young person whose life you’ve impacted.

I currently have the honor of serving as the youth director at a local church. I’ve never been a youth director before, but I gladly accepted the invitation to serve in this capacity. I knew that I was good at working with young people and that I had a lot of experience. I also love church so I figured it could be “a good fit!”

My assumption has proved to be an understatement! In a few short months of being in my role, I have seen young people laugh, cry, give, speak, sing, play, act, cheer each other on, grow and love! They have grown closer as a group and I am just so thankful to be in the midst.

They are really great kids; genuine and fun to be around. I don’t usually wonder if they are glad to have me at the church or ya know, if they like me, because really, what adult thinks about if a teenager likes you? (It’s okay if you raised  your hand)

Well, if I ever wondered if they were learning or getting something out of our time together, I don’t have to wonder anymore! Their Valentine’s Day surprise for me was more than I could have ever desired or even guessed would happen! I was completely shocked and so very thankful. There were even happy tears and there are pictures and video as proof.

Thank you to the young people I am privileged to walk with and talk with. Thank you to the parents who allow me to be a life coach to their loved one, especially at a time when communication decreases and demands increase. I am thankful to be a teacher to Gen Zers, who I teach me just as much as I teach them!

I hope to always be in a place where I don’t take their expressions of gratitude for granted. I hope to continue to see them for who they are at this time in their lives. That I will continue to “lovingly scold them” to push them to the places beyond where they think they can go. That I will often say “Thank you” to them – for letting me hang out, cry happy tears, laugh and just “Be.”

May “Love Day” Be Each and Every Day for All of YOU!

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  4 comments for “Thanksgiving Valentine

  1. February 18, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I feel the LOVE!! Thanks for reminding us to validate the feelings of young people as this helps shape their expressions of love and all emotions as adults. Thank you for just being MARVELOUS and holding us as adults up to the MARVELOUS standards each young person deserves.

    • February 18, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you so Brandi! It’s a daily decision and I know some days I fail, but young people are also so forgiving that I get another chance ☺️

  2. Sandra McGuire
    February 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Shanterra,
    I always enjoy your posts. They are very touching and leaves me with a sense of gratitude that I have been a part of your life and growth. Great work!!!!

    • February 23, 2016 at 5:08 am

      Thank you so much Auntie! ❤️

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