It's been an exciting and rewarding time for Brea Crossroads. Upon celebrating many graduations, both for Jr. High and High School, we're also in the middle of welcoming in new 6th graders into the youth group with our annual Knott's Berry Farm Trip coming up in a few days! (Pray for my motion sickness to be okay please ... ) Among other outings coming up, I think it's safe to say that our youth are kind of relishing having some time off :). On top of a time of celebration and spending more time having fun with friends, I believe it's also a time of anticipation for our youth group. With the summer retreat coming up on August 1-4, I would say the feeling of our youth group is moving to a question of what's next for our youth group. Perhaps our older students may be asking "How will our youth group dynamics change now that the Seniors are graduated?" Maybe our new 6th graders will even ask "What is youth group even like in the first place?" Maybe some are wondering where they will fit in for this upcoming year. Transitions can be difficult but I also believe they tend to be the precise context that God loves to grow us into the likeness of His Son.
I believe that in the face of some uncertainty, there's also promise for what I believe God is moving our youth group to become and embody. When we were finishing up our sermon sermon series in Hebrews, one commentator's reflection on the "unshakable kingdom" we have in Christ made me conclude that when it comes to what the Spirit wants to do in our youth today, I really think there are things that we just can't plan for or control. How God wants to accomplish His good purposes for them often come in fresh ways, ways that don't look or sound quite the same as when He moved in us. God is convincing me more and more that the truth of the gospel doesn't change, but that He's also stirring things in the hearts of our youth, things that could unleash them to bring Him glory.
Would you join me in prayer?
-That God would continue to enlarge the vision He has for Crossroads?
-That He would help our students and staff (and me) "seek the things that are above, where Christ is, to set their minds on things above, not on things that are on earth?"
-That He would unite us in our love and pursuit for more of Jesus over all else?
-That He would embolden and raise up student leaders in our youth group, leaders who would serve to get more of Jesus?
My prayer this summer, leading into the fall, is that God would move in ways that are undeniable for our youth to attribute to anyone or anything else. Would you join me?