Ready or not …

October 12th, 2016

Teens regularly hear the words, “You’re too young!” Even more often it’s implied, and it feels like an insurmountable barrier during the growing-up years. So, how do you know when you’re ready? And what if you’re not — at least by the world’s standards?

In Detroit, Michigan, a maturing eighth-grade boy had an opportunity to find out for himself if he was ready to be an adult for a month. His math class was without a teacher. Worse, the school was already understaffed. After losing several teachers due to poor school conditions, there weren’t any other options.

Rising to the occasion

“Although the school made a few unsuccessful attempts to find a replacement for the math teacher who resigned, the ‘highest performing’ eighth-grade student ultimately assumed teaching duties for a month,” according to a lawsuit filed by several families whose children attend the school. The eighth grader ended up teaching both seventh and eighth graders after a replacement teacher also quit in light of the difficult conditions: oversized classes, dilapidated facilities, lack of air conditioning and few to no resources. This eighth-grade boy had shown enough understanding of the subject to gain some level of respect from his school’s administrators. So he rose to the occasion and taught the class. There didn’t seem to be much choice.

God’s got your back

Our society places a lot of emphasis and trust in experience, education and degrees. And, of course, more schooling brings more knowledge. But it’s important to remember that God calls not only the equipped — but God also equips the called. Young people can offer unique dimensions of creativity, possibility and optimism to many life situations. The outcome may not always be a guaranteed success, but God loves using unexpected ways and ordinary people to bring about surprising blessings.

Question of the day: How have you seen peers step up in surprisingly mature ways?
Focus scriptures: 1 Timothy 4:7b-12; 1 Samuel 17:8-37, 38-49


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