If you were in downtown Nashville at some point from April 12 to 15, you might have spotted groups of inexplicably well-dressed high-schoolers, walking to the capitol while discussing some political or legal issue. The occasion for this unusual sight was the 2018 YMCA Youth Legislature Volunteer Conference, an annual event that brings hundreds of students from across the State of Tennessee to Nashville to debate, run for office, and have fun with friends. This year was my fourth and final conference, and it certainly did not disappoint.
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With Easter falling on April Fools’ Day this year, instead of arguing for Jesus’ death and resurrection, let’s talk about how foolish the gospel seems from a worldly perspective.
Living in the home of Christian music, Christian publishing, and with a church on every corner, it’s easy to become very comfortable with the gospel. We take for granted that it’s true. In some ways we can become inoculated to it—we get just enough controlled exposure to the good news of God’s kingdom that we never really catch how amazing it is or stand in awe of God’s grace.
As I sat in my room in December of 2016 of my senior year, I had prayed that the Lord would show me how I could be a disciple of Him. His answer: Go to Haiti on Winterim. I never thought I would be able to go, but my mom pushed and encouraged me. I knew that this trip was going to change me. I was going into the unknown, yes, I was hesitant because I had never been out of the country, but God was pulling on my heart, and it felt as if I could feel His hands around me.
One thing I learned going through my doctoral of education program is that when you teach high school students, you're not just teaching the students, you are teaching the whole family. And teaching doesn't mean you're telling them what to do; it's reaching out, and sharing what you know, and they learn something new, and you learn something new.
Imagine that it is a couple of weeks leading up to the first day of the semester. As a teacher, I have either been prepping during the summer or during Christmas break to ensure the semester starts on a strong note. I am moving quickly to review lesson plans, brainstorming new ideas to captivate my students, and I am praying that God uses my class to bring my students closer to Him.