I have always had an interest in young people. (By young people I mean those who are in their teen years all the way through young adulthood.) There have been many young people that have been important to me- and I pray I was important to them- throughout my life. These people have become like my own children. Many of them I stay in touch with to this day.
These kids- "My Kids," I call them- have all responded to my life, ministry and teaching in positive ways. Additionally, they have all been young people that I liked, and like, very much. I could make a list of them, but I am sure that I cannot faithfully do that. Someone would be offended that I included them on my list, and someone else would be hurt that they were left off. There is no way I can win at that point.
However, I can list some common traits of these people, and our relationships.
- Everyone of my kids has been a part of my leadership life. That is, I have had the honor of being a "discipler" if you will. I was in a place of authority and they willingly followed.
- Everyone of my kids is still very important to me. I love them. There is not a one of them that I would hesitate to call in a time of need.
- They are or have been involved in my life beyond our "professional" experiences. Life has been shared.
- I love my kids. My kids love me.
- There is great respect between us.