I’m always on the look out for ways to challenge my youth girls in their thinking. I remember what High School was like, ALL I cared about was my reputation. It is hard to see the whole forest when you like wandering with in the trees. It is hard to think that the choices you make will impact you past the moment you make them…but they do.
I love every kid in our youth group, and we have some sharp spiritually mature kids. But I have worked with Youth for 8 years, and I feel like we are continually fighting against a delayed onset of spiritual maturity. Kids are not owning their own faith until sometime in the middle of college, if at all. That’s a post for another day. But every once in a while God chooses to encourage us in our discipleship efforts, I want to share it with you.
This is a message I sent to mostly my High School girls, a few Junior High. Read it, the article and then their responses…
Hope you all are having the most wonderful week at the greatest place on earth…School!
Well, I came across this very short article, but thought it had a great lesson. I don’t even know these girls, but I am proud of them. This may not seem like a big deal and it probably didn’t get much press, but this is a big thing they did. I don’t even know if these girls are Christian but they fought for what they thought was right even when the adults weren’t necessarily on their side. They didn’t accept the changes that the world was telling them were ok…skimpier uniforms.
They had to go all the way to the school board, this makes me think of the book Mr. Brian tells us about all the time: Do Hard Things. In what ways are you fighting against the patterns of this world and pursuing Godliness even when it is hard? Don’t accept what the world gives you, fight for what you know is right.
Question: After reading the article…if you were on this team and they still required you to wear the skimpy uniforms, what would you do?
Here are my girls responses:
15 year old: I don’t really know what I would do.
14 year old: Not really sure
13 year old:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you where bought with a price. Therefor honor God with your body.”
The grass withers the flower fades but the word of the Lord stands forever.The board may not have listened to me, but that wouldn’t give me a right not to listen to God. If necessary I’d drop out. I’m responsible for my actions, and I can make an apeel to others, however it’s up to God to change the rest of the teams hearts.
This student was praised by one of our leaders, to which she responded:
Don’t make much of me. God uses weak people like David or else he wouldn’t be using me. I pray God’s word would come through me, not mine. Glory to God. I only know what God has revealed to me.