“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
[1 Timothy 4:12]
I have the immense privilege every Wednesday night to hang out with the coolest 5th and 6th graders around! At the beginning of this school year I got to share with them why #SPLASH56 is so important to me. We looked at 1 Timothy 4:12 which has always been one of my favorite verses and was instrumental in my life when I was their age. Here’s a bit of what I shared, but the rest is reserved for my young friends. 😉
The ‘young’ part…I liked this part, it was the ‘hey you can do this even though you’re in middle school’! So many times we give ourselves excuses about why we can’t do something. It’s partly true, we can’t, but God can. He writes our stories and gives us purpose.
The ‘but’ part (of course it got some giggles)…this is the challenge. BUT set an example – it moves the responsibility from what others are doing to what we need to do. As God’s children, we are chosen and are set apart for His purpose. Being set apart means you will look different – in speech [what we say], in life [how we live]; in love [how we care for others]; in faith [how we trust God]; and in purity [honoring God with our thoughts & actions].
If any of you teach in any capacity you know that God tends to teach you more than you are able to impart of those you are teaching. So I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways God has set me apart and made me different for His purposes. How am I using this platform for God’s glory?
So why do I spend my Wednesday nights with a bunch of 5th and 6th graders? I know how pivotal that time was for me, so I’m honored to hopefully do for these kiddos what others did for me. They’re also some of my best accountability partners, they make me want to do my life well. Well that and they truly are the coolest kids around! 🙂