So I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking today and yesterday about a variety of topics all related to high school in some way or another…

Yesterday I was at Liberty’s football game, having fun with my friends, when out of the blue I get a text message from my little brother saying that one of his friends was killed in a hunting accident earlier that morning. I was stunned. The boy was in 8th grade. My brother, Will, had just talked to him the night before at the football game. My heart just goes out to the family and the friends of this kid. I’m not 20 years old and I have only lost one friend and that was this pst spring. It was so difficult, it still is, and I know that I have hope in Jesus Christ that I will see Rosa again in heaven. As I sit here I cannot imagine being in 8th grade and losing a friend or being a parent and losing my child at such a young age. It makes me truly realize, again, that we too often take life for granted. It is but an instant within an eternity. We have the choice to spend eternity with our Father, our Creator, the Lover of our very souls and yet we take life for granted and don’t spread the news of His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness when we are given the opportunity. Why? Please don’t think I am not including myself in this. I know I fall so short of God’s glory and need His forgiveness on a regular basis. It intimidates me when I think about sharing the Gospel, particularily in the US  yet so often I have experienced God putting the words in my mouth when I have no idea what to say. For example, right now…this isn’t exactly where I was planning to go with this note but it’s where God took it. How awesome is it He that He directs our paths, our hearts, out desires, our words when we submit ourselves to His authority?! Oh how I love Him. I cannot do it without Him.

On a slightly different note, but still connected to the topic of high school, man, my heart just breaks for the generation behind my generation. Oh. How far from the path are they going to stray before God rudely awakens them?? When I hear about things going on at the high school (via my brother) I just am appalled and just heart-broken so often. I see pictures of kids, yes they are still kids, dancing trashy, dressing immodestly, etc I just want to run to them and say, “why? Why are you doing this?” And yet, as I sit here and think through it, I know that my generation did not set the most stellar example for them. And the generations before the failed to set a standard of Godliness. Guys, come on! Let’s make a difference in the lives of our peers, our elders, those who are younger and looking up to us, and those who are yet to be born now! We are called to live lives worthy of the calling of Christ! I think it is high time we do that and bring about an awakening among not only the US and Canada but the whole world! We must fulfill the Great Commission and set an example for the believers in speech, conduct, love, faith, and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12). 2 Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” For those of you who are young and reading this, stick 1 Timothy 4:12 and 2 Timothy 2:22 in your minds and do not forget them. Live by them. Meditate on them. Ask God what He would have you do. 2 Timothy 2:22 has become a life verse for me. I want to live life with those who love God and are passionately pursuing Him. I do not want to grow complacent in my walk with the Lord. Jesus didn’t get complecent. He fought the good fight. He ran the race. Like Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27, I discipline my body so that after I have run the race I myself will not be disqualified from the prize. Let’s be disciplined and fulfill what God has called us to.

I guess what I’m trying to get at is that what kills me the most is that my little brother is in 8th grade and I’m not going to lie, he is a super talented, great kid who is just about the cutest boy I’ve ever seen. Sometimes I just want to fight his battles for him and tell all the punk little girls to get away! (yes, I know I am a slightly overprotective older sister but I love my little brother like none other. I’ve been through high school and hated it with my guts and here I have to sit and watch him go through it.) I’m sure many of you have younger siblings and can relate to this. So in conclusion, can we just commit to pray for this next generation? There is so much junk that goes on that is even worse than what we dealt with. We need to be interceeding on behalf of these kids! Man, pray that God would come into the schools, that there would be revivals, that the kids who know and love the Lord would be bold in their faith and not back down, that teachers would take a stand for what is right in the eyes of God and would call kids on the rug when they are out of line, and that we, as an older generation, would set a Godly example for these kids. We need to take kids under our wing and pour into their lives! Read Titus 2. It talks about the older men teaching the younger men and the older women teaching the younger women. Now, I know my generation is not “old” but we are older and more mature than the generations below us, so get to teaching/mentoring. Pray for and with them, talk with them, listen to them, and LOVE them!

Emily Bundy – Student

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