Forgetting About the Holy Spirit Doing His Thing

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Doing any speaking is tough. Sometimes just having a conversation is hard, but speaking in front of a crowd is always difficult. One of the hardest and yet most rewarded group of individuals to speak to are Jr Highers. You fight for their attention the whole time, hope that you are not going over their heads, and yet get to see the look on their faces when they “get it.” One of the biggest pieces of advice I always get from others about speaking at camp is “keep it simple.” Which makes sense. The young Jr High mind still thinks in black and white terms and has yet to develop that abstract grey thinking.

This week I will be spending my time with about 200 Jr Highers in Indiana speaking at a camp talking about what it means to be a Christian. It is always challenging for me to speak with Jr Highers, I like to use some abstract thoughts at times and can even get a little deep with using greek words etc…one of the most challenging times for me was teaching Jr Highers for a year. I was the their Bible teacher, and daily had to find ways to relate to them but also call them to start thinking past the concrete and into the tension (see look at that right there, what does that even mean right? tension….thinking past concerete?).

As I prepared for camp I continually reminded myself that I was speaking to Jr Highers and not to the readers of my blog or college students. About half way through last week I realized something. I discredit the Holy Spirit. In my effort to keep things simple I start to speak for the Holy Spirit. And instead of letting the Holy Spirit speak I try to dumb things down so no one will be confused. After looking through scripture and studying the teachings of Jesus I really felt convicted that I was not let the Holy Spirit work, or at least I was discrediting the work, and was taking it upon myself to explain everything, to be perfect, and to have everything spelled out.

Unfortunately, that is not how scripture is not laid out. It is actually the opposite of spelling things out. Instead, it challenges you to go beyond mere words and into the development of your heart and the transformation of your mind.

This week at camp I am working on letting the Holy Spirit work rather then myself trying to do all the work and explaining. Normally it is believed that Jr Highers are not deep thinkers, that you have to keep everything surface level, and that they are not interested. But this week I am going to let the Holy Spirit work on their heart and sit back and watch the reaction on their face and the development of their heart.

Do you (we) discredit the Holy Spirit in our words and teaching?


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  • David Mehrle


    What camp are you going to be speaking at? I will be praying for you this week as you prepare and move out of the way so that the Holy Spirit can come in and you can be used by God.


    • Kyle Reed

      I am speaking at camp iliana in Washington Indiana
      Going great great so far, enjoying my time.
      Thanks for the prayers

  • Stephanie

    “We must be willing to prepare to teach as though everything we do in the lesson will help the transformation process, while acknowledging that transformation is entirely the work of the Spirit.” – Jackie L. Smallbones

    This is the single most challenging aspect of being an educator.

  • aaron shaver


    I’ve been catching up on your blog today. Wish I had caught this post when you wrote it. I’m a Middle School Youth Pastor and I completely empathize with what you’re saying. I like to pride myself on being a good teacher/educator for any age group but there are so many times when hindsight shows me I tried too hard or, as you said, I was “discrediting the work”.

    Well said and I hope you get plenty more speaking opportunities.

    • Kyle Reed

      After speaking for the entire week it was truly amazing to see how the Holy Spirit brought everything together. Not only my thoughts and ideas, but the devotionals for the camp, the lessons during the day, the classes that the adult leaders taught. All of that stuff seemed to flow smoothly into each other.

      Its tough because you feel like you are taking the easy way out or saying something to simple, and yet often times that is the best thing to do. I am the same, I want to dress things up and make people think, but often I feel like I try to hard and the point is lost.

      Thanks for your thoughts.