As we enter into this school year I am so excited for each and every one of you and cannot wait to hear stories of how God is using you in your middle or high school! However, I know that this year will most likely bring times of struggle and heart-break but will also bring some amazing moments that you will never forget. As you are getting ready to enter your school today, my prayer is that you would remember every single word that you read below. Because even if you feel like you don’t need it now, there will be a point in your year this school year where you will need to be reminded of some of the things you are about to read.
- You Are Loved
Maybe you hear this every day from your parents like I did, or maybe you have not heard it in a really long time from anyone. I want you to know today that you are loved more than you will ever know. You have an army of teachers in your school that have chosen to use their lives to pour into the Next Generation. You have at least two people named Darrah & Joey Weller who live in Corpus Christi, Texas who care deeply about you and your life! More importantly, you have Heavenly father in Heaven who loves you with a passion. John 3:16 is one of the most well-known verses in the Bible but gives us so much truth to hold on too. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you so much that He sent His son down to earth to die for you. This is important to remember while going throughout this school year because there will probably be moments when you won’t be feeling loved. There will be moments when you’re struggling in school and you feel like you can do nothing right and you’re letting everyone down. You’re not & you’re loved.
2. You Are Accepted
One of the things I hear constantly from students in both middle and high school is that they do not feel accepted. This breaks my heart. We all as human beings have a desire to be accepted among our peers, parents, and anyone else around us. Acceptance is something we want and something we need. We have probably all been there where we have been bullied, cut from a sports team, or maybe do not even feel accepted in our own household. While entering this school year I pray that you remember that you are always accepted. There is nothing wrong with you mentally, physically, or anything else that will make you unaccepted. What I love is that Christ shows us that we are all accepted in Romans 5:8 by Paul saying, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God accepts us before we even accept Him. This is such a great reminder as we enter into our school where people may try and tell us we aren’t accepted somewhere. We can remember we are accepted in Heaven with Jesus for an eternity.
3. You Are Prayed For
My wife and I both believe in the power of prayer and that if we ask something to God then He will hear us. 1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” I want you to know that you have been prayed for this upcoming school year. My wife and I have prayed over and over for each and every student across this great country. We know the temptations, struggles, anxieties, and fears that can come over the course of a school year. You have to know that you have been prayed for over and over again. You can walk confidently into school today knowing that.
4. You Are On A Mission
This is something you need to remember each and every day this school year. Every time you walk through the front doors of your school you are on a mission. You have been called to bring others to know Jesus Christ. If you are a Christian, then one of your priority’s this school year is to bring people to church each and every week. This is something that should be in your morning prayers every single day. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” This is the mission and something we should keep at the front of our mind every single day.
5. You Can Change Your School
I am a firm believer that this generation of middle and high schoolers will change the world. The way this is going to happen is by you changing the environment where you are at. Each of us carry a set of influence to use on those around us. We all have a friend group that we can either influence for the better or influence in a different direction. A question I wish I would have asked myself in high school is, “What would my school look like if I used the influence God gave me to get others to know Jesus?” By inviting others, living right, and asking God for opportunities to speak about Him to your peers; you will begin to see a difference in your school. I truly do believe that drug dealers, the students who party, and those “bad kids” in high school and middle school can get to know Jesus. It may just have to start with you. Be the change your school and community needs, and after a while you will be surrounded with a team of fighters that are just like you.
This school year is going to be one for the books. I am believing that we will see students get to know Jesus, stay committed to their relationship with Jesus, and ultimately share Jesus with their friends. Jesus gave us two commandments that say in Luke 10:27, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself.” As you enter into the school year keep this verse close to your heart and even write it down on your mirror if you have to. The Weller’s are praying for you and believing in you that you will do great things this school year! Always remember…
The Best Is Yet To Come!