Writing became one of the most precious gifts to me at 8 years-old. To this day, it is my chosen mode of communicating.
February. The beautiful month of the year where chocolate hearts, stuffed animals, and unrealistic expectations of love and relationships are thrown at every human being from every angle.
Think about the messages the students we minister to are hearing everyday about love and relationships. Now multiply that times a million heart emojis and that’s how much more it’s in their face this month. Maybe there’s sweetheart dances at school. Maybe some schools still do the carnation flower exchange sponsored by the student council, where you can send a flower to the crush in your Algebra class. All of this pressure crowds in on students, and it’s easy for them to believe it’s a necessity to have another human to celebrate Valentine’s Day with. (Side note: thank you, Leslie Knope, for introducing Galentine’s Day.)
As people ministering to students all over the world, we know it’s valuable to chat with students about love and relationships in the context of what the Bible says and because February is a month all about hearts, flowers, and mushy stuff, the timing is perfect. But what if we took some time to help our students understand what it means to love God and love others? That to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength means we have to use our hands and feet - really the rest of our bodies - to go love others. To go outside the walls of the church to love people well. To go beyond focusing on the relationship they do or don’t have and focus on the love that changed the world, and turned it upside down.
What if your student ministry took time this February to focus on loving people well? Here’s some ways your students can do that this month:
Something to think about…