SERVING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

SERVING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

One thing I love about the Fall here at Oakwood is that our Church finds ways to Intentionally Engage our community in amazing ways.

Think about it,  Fall Festival transforms our parking lot into a safe place for our community to enjoy fun entertainment, LOTS OF CANDY, and sense the love of Jesus through our church as we SERVE OTHERS.  Right after that, OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD gets us into gear to serve someone in another country as a family by filling up one little shoebox.  Heart of Hope, December 6, leads us to pack a grocery bag or two, invite families in our community to dinner and give their children the ability to have a Christmas when they may be able to afford it.

All these events give you and your Middle School Student an opportunity to serve, and it makes a BIG DIFFERENCE!

Brooklyn Lyndsey puts it this way in her Serving Through the Phases E-Single:

“BECAUSE WHEN YOU GIVE A MIDDLE SCHOOLER THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE, YOU ARE HELPING
THEM TO ANSWER THE MOST TERRIFYING QUESTIONS THEY ARE FACING.”

Here are some thoughts about serving in the Middle School Phase…

AFFIRM THEIR GIFTS WHILE HELPING THEM TO SEE THE WORLD
DIFFERENTLY .
Service can be a significant tool in the life of a middle schooler—a
powerful tool that too often gets overlooked. Because when you
give a middle schooler the opportunity to serve, you’re helping
them to answer the most terrifying questions they’re facing. And
those questions are:

  1. Where do I fit in? (Where we all fit in—helping others and
    showing God’s love.)
  2. What can I offer? (You can offer a warm meal, a friendship, a
    reprieve.)
  3. Why do I matter? (Because you’re making a difference in the
    world and you show off God’s heart like no one else does.)

Service forces a middle schooler to look through a window instead
of a mirror. It gives them a break from the all-consuming woes of
their own life (and to a middle schooler, they are all-consuming!) to
focus on someone else—on a world much bigger than the halls of
their middle school.

Check out Serving through the phases by Brooklyn Lyndsey

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Honor from God and Man


RG3 Heisman

Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. RG3, is highly favored among the NCAA Football Nation today.  Here in San Antonio, TX we have seen pep rally’s and lots of green and gold all over the Riverwalk!  It is an amazing honor with a player that is well deserved of the honor.

How about you?  Who has honored you in the past?  Imagine winning the Heisman or a great award and instantly changing the way you live and changing how you make your decisions.  That is something Robert Griffin III is dealing with as we speak.  He has a few security guards that are a new part of his routine.  He has a few more interviews that the world is viewing.  How about the pressure to WIN?

Mary found herself in a life-changing situation herself.  She was favored by GOD!  Her normal life transformed into something a little different, however.

26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
37 For nothing is impossible with God.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
 Instead of media hype, she found herself having to explain to her closest friends and relatives why her figure was rapidly changing and her marital status had nothing to do with it!  With this honor and favor from God came hardship, questioning, and a journey farther than a Valero Bowl in San Antonio, TX.  The ultimate gift, however, is one that I still use today… JESUS!
Do you want to be highly favored?  What would you do if you won a great award like the Heisman?
How is favor with God in Mary’s case different from this kind of favor RG3 has today?
SIC’EM BEARS!