In 2014, we decided as a ministry and staff that we’d really love to see more of a focus on bringing the families close together. To help accommodate this, we decided we’d have a series of devotionals – one per month – throughout 2014 for our teens and their families. Our first was a big success! Thank you for all who came out to our Queen Anne building to join us for a great, interactive evening on influence and mentorship.
Our first one was titled “Connecting the Generations.” During our evening together, wetalked about the story of King Josiah of 2 Chronicles 34, who became a king at the age of 8. He came from a long line of colorful characters, who had both positive and negative influences on his life and personality. Thankfully, he decided to imitate the best of all possible ancestors – King David. With his help, he inspired the entire kingdom to come back and reconcile to God. He did this all at an unbelievably young age, with the help of key people around him.
We are more influenced than we can ever imagine. Whether it’s subtle or overt, we face pressures and opinions every day from the people that we choose to surround ourselves with. During our devotional, we discovered that the driving influences in our lives will shape the people we become. No matter who we are, how old we are, or how strong our convictions, we’re being influenced every day in some way or another. The question is, who or what will you allow to be your driving influence?
Also to be noted, we heard from Angela Johnson and Grace Caraway, who have a mentoring relationship within the church. They spoke of all the good things God has brought about in their lives through their relationship – despite their age difference – and encouraged all of us to find something similar.
In our high school ministry, we strongly recommend that everyone in our group find a mentor in the church! Some time ago, I wrote a three-part series of articles that outlined why and how we can do this. Naturally, I highly recommend it. You can check them out here:
Thank you again for all who came out to make it a memorable time! Our next Youth and Family devotional will be at the Queen Anne building on February 8, from 1 – 3 pm. We’ll be joined by a guest speaker, Guy Hammond from Canada! See you there!