I’m sitting here in my office on a Wednesday afternoon preparing worship for our Phao Student Ministries P58 Wednesday night programming (5th-8th graders) when I glance over at my second computer monitor and see a retweet of a Miley Cyrus tweet (I don’t follow Miley Cyrus). It reads, “craving asparagus”. Just out of pure curiosity I clicked the original tweet to see that it had been retweeted almost 2,400 times and “favorited” almost 3,000 times in 9 minutes or less.
I can’t say I wasn’t expecting it to have been shared many times…although in my head “many” was more like a few hundred. A few thousand shares kind of blew my mind.
On Sunday we had our Student Leadership Team monthly meeting. During that meeting our student leaders where trained in sharing their faith story. We had each student take twenty minutes or so to write down their own personal faith story with the help of a worksheet we stole from a good friend in Campus Life ministries. Students were asked to think about their life before Jesus and describe it, describe when they first committed to follow Jesus, and describe what their life has been like after. All of the students on the team did a great job with this.
It was incredible to see the ways God has changed the lives of our high school students on the leadership team. It was great to see how important and profound the impact of Jesus on their life has been. Yet, for all of them, it was somewhat uncomfortable to share their story out loud, even with a trusted few. I’ve found myself feeling the same discomfort in sharing my story with both students and adults. No shame from me on that.
Somehow as Christians we’ve become more comfortable, and at times more excited, to share with the world that Miley Cyrus is “craving asparagus” than we are that Jesus has changed our lives for eternity, and could do the same for them.
**Miley’s tweet will likely be retweeted over 10,000 times and “favorited” even more times by the time this post is published.**