the busiest time of the yearFall. Anyone with kids knows that this feels like the busiest time of the year: school is starting, sports are starting, band is starting, youth group is starting ... you name it, and it's probably starting.
In the face of all this busyness, it's easy for discipleship to get pushed aside. We feel overwhelmed all the programs & obligations that fill our schedule. There's not enough time for 'one more meeting'. We're exhausted anyway, so getting together with our students wouldn't even be beneficial to them. We'll just wait til things calm down.
If this is our plan, we're missing a huge opportunity.
I absolutely think this is the most crucial time to pursue discipleship. Students are just getting back into their peer groups, which, for most of them, is their mission field. This is the prime time for them to establish goals and then patterns of behavior to love and reach their unbelieving friends. It's also an important time for accountability: don't we want our students continuing to spend time in the Word and in prayer, even in the busiest times of their lives?
I know that time is tight. That some weeks it seems impossible to fit in one more meeting. Fair.
1. What are our priorities & do our schedules reflect those? Is there time that we could be using better currently?
2. What are creative ways to connect with students when there really is NO time to get together?
(I've been thinking a lot about that second one lately. More on that to come soon.)
Fall. The season of beginnings for so many things. Let's redeem those beginnings for the cause of Christ. Discipleship could be key in that process.