How to Fly the Coop Like a Wise Old Bird
This week's Miracle Monday was titled "Schools Ain't Like They Used to Be."
Ain't it the truth?
From bullies to shootings, schools have — literally in some cases — become a battleground. Do you know that you can buy your kids bulletproof backpacks now? Times they are a-changin'.
But in many ways, they're not. Schools have always played host to moral battles (if not actual ones).
As a small child, you walk into this overwhelmingly big environment, where you meet kids who are very different from you. At school, the things that Mommy and Daddy taught are often questioned and challenged.
As you get older, your peers pressure you to do things you normally wouldn't. Even the healthy stressors — homework, exams, speeches, extra-curriculars — can push you to your limits and cause you to seek refuge in escapist behaviors (which can persist into adulthood).
When you're living under Mom and Dad's roof, you're somewhat protected. You're more likely to go to church with them and to seek counsel from older, more experienced people, and you simply don't have the decision-making freedom that you do after you move out.
When you leave home and go off to college or into the workforce, you're told that it's time to grow up and find out who you are. Many times, we mistakenly assume that means our days of asking for help are done and gone. We're adults now.
Nothing is further from the truth. This is a time of life when godly mentors, loving parents, and prayer warriors at church can play a vital role in helping you stand strong and affirm your faith.
This presents a challenge if you attend college or your job relocates you somewhere far away from family, friends, or a branch of the church. A coal that's removed from the embers eventually burns out, right? So, how can you keep those holy fires burning when you're isolated? (And, let's face it, even if you are located near family and church, you can often feel isolated, anyway.)
Well, there's no easy answer, but there's no replacement for taking responsibility for your own spiritual life. Daily reading and prayer and staying connected with loved ones and mentors are crucial — and no one can make you do these things except you.
One resource the church offers is the Student Support Program. The SSP website is packed with resources that help you stay connected.
Plus, the SSP hosts regular, live online meet-ups where you can talk to your friends across the country and study scripture together. These fun, peer-to-peer sessions tackle God's word and offer a godly social outlet. All you have to do to sign up for these video calls is register with the SSP.
If you're far away from the body of the church, please don't think that nobody cares about you. We want to connect with you. All you have to do is let us.
If you're thinking, "All this sounds great, but I'm not a young person who needs it," ... well ... do you know young people who need it? Please forward this article to them so that they can benefit.
Flying the coop is a scary time of life — but wonderfully so. And it's not one that you need to navigate alone. Jesus wants to walk every step of the way with you — and so do we.
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.