Everything will changePippa Elmes on Jan 4th, 2012
It's not that often you can look back a year and realise that everything has changed since then. That will be where you school leavers will be at a year from now.
Everything will change. Between now and then, dinner time, where they live, who they live with, their friends, their eating habits, their passions will be different. They will be different. The question is, when everything turns on its head, where will they be with God?
Those school leavers' faith will change. Whatever happens, God will not look the same to them this time next year as he does now. Does that inspire excitement or fear in you?
It sounds amazing to me. Our faith isn't static, its alive, it's affected, inspired, challenged, refined by what's going on in our lives. Going to uni is a massive opportunity for all of these, and that's a good thing. This year, the best thing you can do for your young people is to help them stand on their own two feet. It’s time for them to take a step into independence, responsibility and intentional pursuit of God. Borrowed faith and apathetic attendance won’t wash when the world turns upside down. However, confident reliance on God, an understanding of his endlessness and a hope for more to come will set them up for an exciting shift into maturity.
Everything will change, and I'm praying that for your young people that will include their faith. Let's pray for bigger hope, bigger ownership and bigger expectations for all that God has planned. Let's work now to see those young people ready to step into that and fly!