We just ran our annual youth camp around the key theme of identity. This is such a huge topic for young people and something we feel we needed to speak into with the truth of Jesus. One very powerful activity we did as part of our worship night was to speak words of life and a new identity in Jesus over each of the students.
The leaders had been praying for the students all week and discerning what they felt God wanted to say to them concerning who they really were, their true identity in jesus and how God saw them. These words, phrases, and bible passages were then written onto a small mirror and given to each student by their small group leader as the leader spoke these words of life over them and prayer for them.
We had a number of students reflect on this activity as a highlight for camp and some said that they had never had someone say stuff like that to them before.
It was great to be a part of, but also saddening to hear that some students had never had words of life and affirmation in who they are and can be in Christ, spoken over them.
This is one of the key gifts we have as people involved in ministry to young people, we have the honor to be able to speak a new identity in to young people’s lives. Help them see their life and world as a bigger and brighter place. It is our job to release them into the potential God has for them, and to help them see themselves the way God does.
There are two ways you can do this.
1. Organise a little something where you formally speak words of life into each young person in your care. This might be in small groups with their leaders. I might be something you do on your own. This depends on your setting. But make it a big event where you give each young person a new identity and affirm who they are in Christ.
2. Set yourself a weekly challenge to find opportunities to speak words of life into the young people you regularly come into contact with. Just pull them aside and tell them that you really want to encourage them with who you see God has created them to be.
The power that these words can have in a young persons life will be immeasurable. These are things that will stick with them for years. If your really praying about it and discerning Gods voice for these young people, you will be speaking truth that will cut to their core and make a bigger impact then you could even imagine.
Lets do a little life bringing together.