As Christians we believe that Jesus is the Son of God. And as John 14:6 states He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Because of this belief we are called to live according to the teachings of Jesus. Jesus taught some radical ideas. These ideas were not only radical 2,000 years ago, but still seem hard to swallow today. Jesus did not try to please people with His words. Instead He challenged their beliefs and asked them to believe in the God who sent Him. Today His words accomplish the same thing, are we listening?
April 3rd: Be Anxious For Nothing
Worry. Sometimes I think I enjoy worrying. I talk to everyone about my concerns and make it into a big ordeal. At some point, we all do this. We worry about what others think, about events going according to plan, or about whatever curveball life might throw at us next. While we all can relate, yet sometimes it is hard for us to empathize with other people’s concerns, especially when we see their concerns as unimportant or meaningless. Students’ worries often fall into this category. Whether it’s a student worried about what their crush thinks about them, a student worried about being in the top 10%, or a student worried about what clothes to wear – we all know that after they graduate, it won’t matter, and they most likely won’t remember this trivial circumstance.
When we read Luke 12:22-34 Jesus told us, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on … Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” This scripture can bring comfort because Jesus gave us examples of God providing for His creation, and how much more will He provide for us, His people.
While it’s easy to say to our students “this won’t matter in a few years” when addressing their concerns about crushes or clothes, it brings little comfort to our students now. Jesus knows that some of the things we as adults worry about has no lasting impact. But instead of saying, “get over it,” He points us to the love and provision God has for His creation. The challenge this scripture has for parents, is to show our students in the midst of their worry, God is present.