I have spent the last three hours in intriguing and thought-provoking conversation. I was able to hear the ideas, opinions, and thoughts of four very different women, and I loved it. Next Friday, an incredible couple in my church is hosting a get-together for the upcoming 7th grade girls at their house. Its primary purpose:: to get them all on the same page, ready to go into this school year learning how to live radically for the Lord. It’s going to be an amazing night, and I am so grateful that I’m going to be a part of it. I got to hear these women discuss the need for this night with such a great passion for these girls, and it truly touched my heart. The rising 7th graders are seen by the majority as the “good class”, but as one woman said, should we just sit back and be content with the fact that they are known as being a “good class”, and HOPE that they stay that way, or should we do something to ensure that they are not only good, but on fire for the Lord? Because I personally have seen many a “good class” fall to the pressures of this world, and the conversation caused me to come to an even greater realization of what a difficult job it is not only to be a parent, but even just a mentor to young girls.
I have had the privilege of hanging out with three really amazing 6th grade girls for the past six months, studying the Word with them, and I’ve loved it. I feel like I am learning more than they are! As I said in a previous post, I have been looking at the book Dateable for our next study, and I now know more than ever that it is definitely something we should study. These girls are being pressured by the world much more than I was, and at such a young age. When I was in 7th grade, I knew a girl who had slept with two guys in one night, and that was the scandal of the year. With the way that this world has become since then, only ten years later, I cannot imagine what it is they will be tempted to gossip about or even do.
Three hours later, we all came to the conclusion that, if these girls would grab a hold of God’s immense passion for them, His passion for them to intimately know Him, they would grow in their passion for Him in return. If they understand the Word, how to study it, and go to it for their answers, their middle and high school days will be so much more rewarding than they could have been.
I wish that I could go back and tell myself the things that they will have the opportunity to hear next weekend. That none of it matters in light of eternity. That our ultimate goal is to please our Lord and not the people around us. And that, in ten years, you won’t even remember the names of the people you are worrying so much about today. I wish that there was a way to infuse that into these kids at a young age…but even if I was told that (and I’m sure I was) it took learning from experience. And I’m sure it will take experience for them, but I pray that they understand it clearly now, because experience can be the hardest teacher, leaving only regret and shame.
So, the challenge will be presented, and we pray that they accept it whole-heartedly, not because of peer pressure or obligation, but because of a deep desire to know their Saviour.