Youth ministry takes a lot of investment of time and emotions, from finding youth ministry resources to building relationships. This process can be trying and difficult at times. Not to mention that in general in ministry I find that we often focus on the negative. It is all about what not to do, or how we are not doing what we should be out doing. This is understandable because often this is exactly what our students need to hear because they are getting the wrong messages from everywhere else in the world and because of this are often heading in the wrong direction in their lives. But along the way something happens because of this. We end up missing the good stuff. We forget to celebrate when something good happens. This could be anything from an attendance milestone at our midweek service, to a student stepping up to serve, to someone coming to Christ. Do we acknowledge these things? Hopefully. But I believe we should truly celebrate them. There are should be an explosion of joy in our hearts that all the work was worth it. And we should communicate this joy to our students so they can learn what our the things in life we should truly get excited about, and celebrate with you. Because not only do we need to learn to have joy, our students need to learn how to have true joy as well. And they need to know where you find it and how to express it. So in the midst of your ministry, make sure you celebrate the victories along the way and that you ensure your students are celebrating with you. Then after some celebration, be spurred on to get back to work.