If I am going to identify that we are short-changing middle schoolers, I probably better come up with some ways to encourage them. I am not even going to propose that I have this figured out. But I can tell you where we are going with things at Living Faith.
This month, we are engaging in a new series called “Mission:Me” where we are asking the question: “What am I Here For?” The promise in Ephesians 2:10 that has rocked my world for the past 5 years and is the basis for this first step is that God, in his infinite knowledge and grace, made each of us in a specific form, for a specific set of functions. The passage reads: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
In Joel 2:28, God promises that he will pour out His Spirit on all people. That “your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” So, the old men will have these dreams of what could be and the young men will have visions of how to see it come to fruition. What an amazing promise, especially when it comes to my context.
So, this month, we are going to ask “What are we going to do” and I’m having both Middle School and High School begin to ask that question. We are going to discover, discern, and then set a destination where God wants us to go and what he wants us to do. No restrictions. No pre-planned destination. Just an opportunity to dream dreams that produce visions.
It’s an incredible thing to dream of what is in front of us. When we dream, we may not have a concept of reality, or the burden of dealing with potential consequences; we just dream of what could be. And when we allow people to dream, we give those dreams the opportunity to become visions; Visions that change people’s lives.
So that’s where we are starting. What are you giving Middle Schoolers to do that is at their actual “pay grade” as visionaries?