Another Senior Sunday behind us. Reminds me of how fast time flies and how life changes. A day to celebrate mothers and seniors. The seniors did such a great job sharing their thoughts and aspects of their lives with us. NewLife has been fortunate enough to have amazing youth who take their faith journey seriously.
May we be reminded of their answers. The one answer that keeps running through my head is to offer opportunities for youth to get together and participate. Not solely during a youth event, but during “normal” church stuff. For these young adults to be able to step into the church as an equal – one who can minister to others, feel valued as a family member at NewLife, and is empowered to engage and not simply attend – sets them up to be more confident spiritual leaders.
When I remember their advice and thoughts, I think about how much belonging means to us as adults too. Each one of us, I believe, wants to feel valued and appreciated and to know we belong not just to “The body of Christ” but truly are part of the NewLife family; that's a family we can serve shoulder to shoulder with, tangibly hug and see, and know that others care for us and want God’s best for us.
NewLife, we are older than the seniors in high school, but we long for the same thing. Right? We have spoken about the four values we have at NewLife – Connect, Grow, Serve and Belong. At the depths of who we are, we all want these. The seniors just reminded us that as humans we long to be part of something bigger than ourselves. So, as we pray for the seniors, let us also pray for us at NewLife to feel connected, to feel like we belong, to grow deeper in our faith and to find ways we can serve God and each other.
Brothers and Sisters, may God allow you to see your value and worth in this body of believers and may you feel like you have a place where you belong – are connected – have opportunities to grow – and are encouraged to serve.
Thank you, seniors, for reminding us of the longings we have and that God desires good for us, even in difficult times.