Asking For Help
We are taught to strive for greatness. We are taught that we can all be the next Bill Gates, Kelly Clarkson, or Mother Teresa. All it takes is knowing what we want and putting in a little extra effort. We’re taught that we’re capable of anything, so we must do something great. There isn’t much room for mediocrity, humility, or knowing and respecting our own limits. One thing I love about working with youth is the opportunity to help them set realistic goals that they can be proud of. For some of them that goal is to quit smoking. For others that goal is to stop skipping school so much. For others that goal is to properly gauge their own mental health and know when to ask for help.
From society’s perspective there is nothing nice about needing to ask for help. To many, it shows weakness. The other day I was hanging out with a teen who shared a story from their week where they had reached a tipping point. From their perspective, they could handle no more and were worried what might happen next. So they asked for help. I smiled as they shared.
It sucks to reach that tipping point. Many of us never reach a point where we fear for our own safety, but some do. Having more youth workers on the ground in Langley gives us even more opportunities to have these conversations with youth. (On average a full time youth worker in Langley has 10,000 connecting points with youth per year and witness 4,000 transformational moments) Right now, I am working 16 hours/week and have already been able to have an impact on the lives of youth in Langley - can you imagine how many more teens I could work with, whose stories I could listen to and share with you, if I worked 40 hours/week? The only thing stopping me from doing that is having enough monthly support. If you haven’t already, could you take a second now to ask God if and how He could be calling you to partner with us at Youth Unlimited?