The Next Step

On Wednesday, March 26th, our students did something pretty special. They accepted a challenge. A challenge to confess their sins. Many of them wrote down a sin or something they are struggling with on a card and we hung them on our prayer wall (pictured below). 

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Over the last week and a half, our students have been praying for one another. Each time they come into the room, they read a card and pray for that person.

As I hung the cards on the prayer wall, I read each one. It overwhelmed my heart. There were so many needs and struggles written on those cards. So many broken hearts. So much healing for God to bring. 

So my post today is really two-fold. I want to address two different groups quickly.

The first is to adults. There’s something very important that you need to understand. Teenagers have real struggles. Big things that they are battling. And they need your prayers. Often times adults can downplay the struggles of teenagers. We (adults) can make them out to be not that big of a deal. I’m here to tell you they are a big deal. They are real struggles. Big stuff that our teens are dealing with. And they need our help. But before we can help, they need us to understand that they struggle with real things just like you and I do. Maybe not how to pay the bills or how to raise children. But things like self-esteem, self-worth, addictive behaviors, judging, gossiping, language. Stuff many of us (adults) struggle with every day. So please realize that their struggles are real. And they need our prayers and encouragement. 

The second group I want to address is our students. First, thank you for opening your heart and taking the challenge to confess. God knows what’s on your heart. He knows what you are struggling with, and He is working to heal you from that sin. You took a big step by allowing Him to break your heart over this struggle and confess it. I wish I had the right words to express how proud I am of each student who took the challenge. Your boldness is an example to me, and many other adults. 

I just want to remind you of a verse in Galatians 6:2. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Please understand this: God never intended for you to carry this burden alone. You took a big step in confessing your sin to God and allowing others to pray for you. But God never intended for the process to stop there. You need to seek the help of your brothers and sisters in Christ. And they need to know how to specifically help you. They need to know exactly what it is that you’re struggling with. 

So I want to continue the confession challenge. I want to encourage you to take the next step. 

Find one or two people either in the youth group, your family, or a church leader, and confess specifically your sin to them. Ask them to hold you accountable. Ask them to pray for you. Ask them to check on you and encourage you. It’s not enough to anonymously confess. It’s a start. But let’s keep going. 

Allow your brothers and sisters to help carry your burden. It’s God’s plan. That’s one reason He left us the church. 

So what burden can we carry for you today? Because we need you to help carry ours.      

— Eric

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