I feel like this semester I have been given the greatest opportunity that I could have ever hoped to have, to work as an intern through my Youth Ministry at my church. I am so excited to be “a part of the action”, especially since it has been on my “wish list” since I was a sophomore in high school! Its so crazy to think that I am actually doing it, right now.
This upcoming Wednesday is a huge marker in my life…I will be giving my first message ever to middle schoolers! This month is the whole “love, sex and dating” theme, or as we are calling it “Lovebug”. I was so nervous to come up with something to say to these pre-teens, especially about the topic of dating. I have been praying about what I could possibly tell these students that I really believed to be true about the whole idea of relationships at their age. Currently I am reading the book, Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley (which I highly recommend for anyone in ministry, it’s an incredible book). But Stanley talks about how inspiration can come from anywhere and it will just hit you out of nowhere. Turning this concept into action, I opened my ears and my eyes to look for what God had planned for my message.
It all hit me in the weirdest of places…I was putting my sneakers on, getting ready to run on my treadmill, while my mom had the tv on and suddenly a yellowbook commercial came on. (As shown below) It hit me right then and there! My first message idea! So here it goes…
“Everyone is looking for relationships, but really are searching for acceptance.” (Get the tie in from the commercial!?) Every student/girl/boy/person is looking for acceptance, and unfortunately we all search for it in dating. We want someone to know us inside and out, and still accept and love every piece of us. But the thing is, no one can love us and accept us like God can. He knows everything about us (the good, the bad and the incredibly embarrassing…)and yet still loves us unconditionally, its absolutely incredible when you take the time to think about it. It even says in Psalm 139: 1-4, 13-14,
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely…For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
God is the only one that will ever search us fully and know every single thing about us…even the words that we have yet to speak and still accept us. No man, woman, girl or boy can ever promise to always and forever UNCONDITIONALLY love us, that is a promise that only the King of Kings can make.
And so I say again, “Everyone is looking for relationships, but what they are really searching for is acceptance.”
Now that is something that I can speak from my heart.