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Youth Group Math

March 18th, 2017

Youth group math doesn’t add up.

It’s some weird algebra/arithmetic combo that never seems to have the right answer.

Why? Because personalities.

One + one does NOT equal two.

Sometimes one + one equals 32. Or more. Or less. Or somewhere in between.

It depends on the person.

Sometimes, one guy + his buddy equals setting the tone for EVERYONE. Like… THEIR attitude changes EVERYONE’S attitude—for better or worse.

Sometimes one guy + one girl equals awkward. That’s not even a number. Explain that one, Mrs. Wilson! A math question without an answer?! Impossible.

But very true.

We all know it.

Two girls caught up in a disagreement can handle their problems dramatically or Scripturally.

A guy/girl relationship can be selfish or Scriptural.

A guy/guy friendship can drive others to Christ or away from Him.

One + one almost never equals two. Any relationship (friendship, dating, acquaintance, etc.) has a halo affect. It influences the immediate friends first and greatest, and branches out to everyone else, eventually.

In some way, we are ALL touched by YOUR spirit.

Personally, my goal in my role is to influence the spirit of the Teens of Faith to be a spiritually encouraging place.

But I can’t do it alone. That’s obvious. What’s your role?

In some ways, YOU have more influence than I do on the tone of this room.

How are you affecting others?

-Bro. Ryan

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