Wednesday, March 4, 2009

middle school small group

I lead a small group at Remix for middle schoolers. The common ingredient present in just about all middle schoolers I've ever met is the ingredient of a developing sense of humor. In Social Studies they use the terms Developing and Developed when referring to countries to decide if the country is economically, systematically, and infrastructurally stable. A developed country is one that is stable, a developING country is one that is not and is trying to improve.

I think this principle can be applied to the personalities of middle schoolers. They are all developING countries. None of them really know what they want to be when they grow up, or have any clue as to how not cool some of the so called "cool" things they participate in are. The same could be said about all age groups to the next age group, though, I guess... so it's probably safe to say I'll say the same thing about myself 5 years from now.

What's cool is that we have the opportunity to shape their developing personalities right now. They are essentially just play-dough that those who have influence in their lives can just play with. The only problem is that we can't control WHO they are being influenced by; the only thing we can do is take any ounce of influence we happen to have and try to shape more effectively than the other influencing factors in their lives. That's the challenge, and honestly it's not enough to explain that the Bible is real and they need to believe it... for them to be shaped to look most like Jesus, the influencer has to be willing to be shaped like Jesus as well. Honestly, that's a lot of pressure.

1 comment:

  1. Nate, that's really cool and very true. The last bit especially, you can't lead someone somewhere you haven't been before effectively.

    and... nice name.

    God Bless