“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” -Goethe
In youth ministry, and every other way of life, it’s critical to be able to see past what is into what could be. It’s so easy to label each other based on what is seen. But what if we were able to look past the shells we wear, the plastic faces we hide behind, and the mistakes we’ve made? This is what God does, it’s what Christ modeled for us. With an impetuous man named Simon, he even changed his name to Peter (rock) to reflect what could be.
What could be for the people in your life? What potential are your friends falling short of? What if you treated them as if they were reaching that potential?
I wouldn’t agree with Goethe on every line of thinking he ever explored, but this is truly a great thought.