Not your parents' Christianity
I came to saving faith by way of an AC/DC song (what, that’s not typical?).
I was 14 years old and attending a very Baptist-y Baptist school. A group of kids from another Christian school came and put on a play for chapel...the story line consisting of kids at a party listening to “Highway To Hell”, one drinks too much and drives, crashes, and goes straight to hell. Nothing like being scared into salvation! For the majority of my teens and twenties, my faith was rooted in fear. All of my peers at school seemed to be straight out of an episode of 7th Heaven, and there I was just feeling so judged and downright HUMAN inside. Naturally, I avoided any unnecessary time hanging out with these people, or people I assumed were like “those people” (including the annual retreat with the youth group I occasionally attended when my parents forced me to...here at Hopevale).
Fast forward to 35 year old me - finally figuring out how this whole Life with God thing really works, thanks to the amazing group of humans I get to work with here at Hopevale. Driven by grace, not fear.
If I could go back in time and tell my teenage self anything, it would be to get involved despite the fear (and maybe also not to cut those bangs...). I see now how much I missed out on by pulling away from what I really needed the most - the community and sense of acceptance our Youth program has to offer to a new generation of Christ seekers.
If you have a teen, maybe BE that parent who “nudges” their kid to go on retreat, just once. If you WERE a teen like me, maybe be that adult who helps out at retreat and changes a kid’s life for the better.
"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller
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