A couple of weeks ago I was asked by one of my 8th grade students to be the adult sponsor of a student led Bible club. This group wanted to meet before school once a week, but they needed an adult sponsor. I joyfully accepted! There is nothing more exciting than Jesus…but kids wanting to learn more about Jesus and the Bible is pretty amazing.
Today was our first day. It was so very encouraging!!! Twelve 7th and 8th graders showed up and when asked why, most said “they want to know more about the Bible!” Wow! These kids are in middle school. They are in the thick of it…for the record, I would never want to go back to those days…middle school is tough. Tougher these days than in mine by far!
Each student vocalized their desire to pray and to start the day off right. Again, wow! From the mouths of babes…to start the day off right. I can already tell I will learn from this wonderful group of guys and girls. God will be using them…I have no doubt!
How many of us take time to do what they are wanting to do and start the day off right with God’s word? God even suggests doing so in His word:
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight,
He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed”
“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up”
“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water”
How wise are these young ones? Very wise! Read on: One conversation we had this morning was trying to have a positive impact on others throughout the day. I encouraged them to help each other do so. I asked them how many of them had a Facebook page. Then I asked them what happened on Facebook and one of them answered – ‘drama!’ Another chimed in – ‘lots of drama!’ At this point, I shared with them that one of my ways to be positive is to try to encourage others through scripture on Facebook. Daily I post scripture from my devotional. The word of God lifts me up and helps me start my day off great…as the kids’ say.
One of my scriptures this morning was:
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
The devotion that went with it talked about how His word heals as it states in verse 20. How many of us and how many of today’s youth are hurting and need a touch of heaven? We can all have it through the healing that comes from His word. These kids are reaching out and wanting to know more. They are going through things I can’t even imagine…and God can bring healing!
Will you pray with me for these kids? Will you also take time to look around you and see how you can bless someone today? We live in a world of ‘drama’…again in the kids’ words…so let’s help each other by being positive and shining His light. Let’s help by pointing them to the HEALING Word of God!