High school is filled with busyness and laughter, stress and work. Young people sometimes need to be reminded to take a deep breath, treasure the moments, tell the special people in their lives just how much they love them, and make the most of every day.
Sue Christian answered some questions for Ministry Matters about her new book Make It Count: 180 Devotions for the School Year. (You can read a few excerpts on the free download below!)
Why did you write this book? (I'm guessing your daughter Meg had an influence?)
When my daughter was in high school I made a flip book for her with inspirational quotes and numbers to count down the days until the end of school. She loved it and reused it each year. In being a mom and a pastor’s wife I thought about all the issues teens face and thought making a book for all teens might be fun way for them to count down the days of school and a way God could speak to them, and be a source of strength and encouragement each day.
Why did you start with 180 devotions?
When I ask teens how many days until school is out near the end of school they can always tell me. Why not start at the beginning and count all the school days? Being an elementary school teacher I counted down the days with my students as a game. Having a word from God each day will hopefully make each day even better.
What are your hopes for teens today? You taught kindergarten through fourth grade, so why a teen book?
Being a teen is a wonderful and yet hard time of life. I taught Sunday School to teens and saw what special young adults they are and yet they are bombarded with the “worlds” ideas at school, with friends, with media, etc.. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for that age and wanted to see if God could use me to reach some teens in the privacy of their bedroom one on one with God each day as they read a message and count down the school year.