“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted.” - Isaiah 40:30
So last week was finals week at Austin schools and it seemed like many students were struggling with a lot of different stuff, not just tests. A couple of leaders had good conversations with students about some hard issues and struggles they are facing. It seemed like the pressure or temperature was rising in front of us and we needed to just listen to the issues going on with our students. It got me asking the question: what are the things we are dealing with/struggling with that we don’t let others know?
I am very glad to hear that our students are struggling with things because I feel like we are all struggling against something. It is best it is out in the open and we do not keep all our struggles hidden. I believe the biggest lie we believe from Satan is you are the only one struggling with what you are struggling with. It is easy to say that when it is not your child. I understand the difficulty of seeing your student when they need to be confronted or they are hurting. However,
- How do you create an open atmosphere at home for your students to tell you when they are struggling?
- Do you share your struggles with them and be authentic about God's provision?
- How do you let them know they can come and talk to you without harsh judgement?
Students will be ‘faint and be weary’. They need to know they can ‘fall exhausted’ and we will be there. If your student does not know how to do that now in a healthy way what will they do in college or after high school while living on their own? God is always near and He is always walking alongside them and you conveying that to them is massively important. It will need to be a lesson they hold onto throughout life, hasn’t it been for you?
I encourage you to talk about struggles and how we turn to God. Remember that students are always struggling with something, it is how they respond that shows a legacy to others of a life dependent on Christ.
Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.