CIY MOVE: Nearing the end of great week!

Jun 26th

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This past week at Move has been convicting, encouraging, thought-provoking, and life-changing. Daniel, one of the most amazing people in the Old Testament, has inspired us by the way , and few other God-Fearing men, engaged their culture.

They didn’t bow down to the king’s statue even in the face of capitol punishment.

They spoke truth to the ruler of the Babylonian Empire.

They trusted God in the middle of a den full of lions.

In each scenario, Daniel and his friends stood up for their beliefs even though their culture wanted them to conform. And when we read the stories, we recognize two big truths – truths that our high school students have been discussing all week:

1. Standing up for your beliefs requires a supporting community.

What we see in the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is a perfect definition of Christian friendship. The three men were able to withstand the threat of execution because they had each other. Just like it was important for them, it needs to be an important aspect of our highs school students’ lives.

2. Humility always trumps pride.

In the book of Daniel, we see two different kinds of leadership: prideful leadership and humble leadership. Prideful leadership is when a king pretends to be someone he isn’t. Humble leadership is when a king understands and leads out of his gifts and talents.

These two lessons are important for our high school students to hear. Culture wants them to conform into people they were never created to be in the first place. So, it’s our job to help them find contentment in their natural abilities and find friends who are going to support and encourage them to live a countercultural life.

For the adult volunteers, this week has been an eye-opener as we discover the struggles our teenagers are really experiencing. But, we must keep praying and investing in the next generation because we may just have a Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego in our midst.

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Questions for you to ponder or to ask your teenagers when they get home:

1. Who are your Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Are there friends in your life who encourage, support, and inspire you?

2. Are you conforming into the type of person you were never created to be in the first place? What are your unique gifts? How can you use them for kingdom work?