By Matthew Sink
WHERE AM I? HOW DO i am getting the place i would like to move? for lots of scholars, the center university years characterize a harrowing trip. because the panorama round them alterations speedily, many scholars lose their means. that is as the direction in the course of the center winds via tough terrain: The quicksand of recognition The rapids of sexual awakening The woodland of lack of confidence The bustling city of digital media How teenagers navigate this trip is important. those that embark with out transparent course steer their lives in a course they by no means meant, and turn out in areas they by no means desired to be. A Map For the center is written to supply course and perception for the center institution trip. via own tales, observations, and warnings, this e-book seeks to aid early children comprehend precisely the place they're, and the way they could effectively arrive on the position God wishes them to be.
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32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Imagine how shocking these words were for people to hear. ” Do you know who He was addressing? His audience was mostly comprised of people struggling under Roman occupation. They lived in constant fear of what Roman soldiers may do to them.
He gives three categorical Rs to use to rise above worry and stress: refocus, release, and remember. Let’s explore each step. STEP 1: REFOCUS Look again at the passage. Jesus tells people not to worry about clothes, food, or the details of life. Yet, those things seem like legitimate concerns. People have to eat, they need warm clothes. So, what does Jesus mean when He says to stop worrying about those important details of life? To answer the question, re-read verse 33. ” Allow me to translate this verse.
Hairstyle? Yeah, that’ll do. Does he or she talk about the right things? Does he or she play the right sports? Does he or she have the right friends, watch the right television shows, and attend the right parties? Who decides which criterion belongs on the list? More importantly, if everyone in your school is being judged by such a checklist, and everyone is trying to fit in, how does anyone learn to think independently? How does anyone become his or her authentic self? In other words, if everyone tries to conform to the list, then everyone tries to dress, talk, and act exactly alike.