This Election And Its Impact On Students

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I feel like I’m late to the game when it comes to saying something–scratch that–ANYTHING about the upcoming election. This has been intentional on my part, not because I’m worried about anyone disagreeing with me, but because I didn’t know how to approach the subject.

Honestly, and I know I’m not alone here, I’m not a fan of either candidate. I know supporters on both sides and I figured I’d write something from the perspective of what I am–a youth pastor. So, here are some thoughts as a youth pastor on what I’ve heard and observed from my students about this upcoming election.

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Living To Please Him

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The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians that our aim, when we realize our salvation in Christ, is to live to please Him. This is a theme that dominates much of Scripture, but how often do we forget this simple goal?

As Christ followers, where do we place our focus in this life? Are we actively pursuing a life that seeks to please Jesus?

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Encouragement is Timely

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I’ve often found that encouragement comes when you least expect it…and when you most need it. This has certainly been true for me lately. But how exactly does encouragement come our way?

Some will bemoan the whole “Everything happens for a reason” bit. Others might be more prone to say life is just a cycle of serendipitous encounters or random and wonderful coincidences.

I’m not sure where I fall on the continuum, but it seems to me that since God is alive and active and in close proximity to us, we should pay attention to those nearly inexplicable encouraging moments. Because perhaps He’s trying to get our attention.

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When Things Go Wrong

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Last week we had one of those nights where everything we’d planned fell apart. Have you been there? First, it was the computer acting up. Then it was the projector. We tried various solutions to fix the problem, but we were at a loss.

Night like this are always frustrating. We try our best, but then end up surrendering to the reality that we can’t fix the issue. It made me think about life and what we do when things go wrong.

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