Friday, January 6, 2012

Perspectivs from the Field: Hope in Uncertain Times

We tell students that they should turn to God in good times and bad but do we?  It’s important that we “walk the talk” both to be an example to our youth and to strengthen our own relationship with God.

2011 was a tough year with several relatives having health issues this year.  Plus, the death of my family’s dog left a big hole in our lives. Lots of other things happened during the year but those are the items that are top of mind. 

Visiting with my dad in his hospital on New Year’s Day, we discussed the previous day’s Upper Room where the “Thought for the Day” on December 31, 2011, was “God has sustained me through 2011, will walk with me through 2012” and this reminds us that no matter what we’ve gone through in the past, we can always rely on God.  

So, while it was tough seeing relatives go through hard times this year, I am trying to focus on the positives with their health, the relationships we have with one another and with God and the memories I have of each of them.

Sometimes, it’s important to share personal stories with youth for them to understand that this isn’t just old stories from over 2000 years ago but a living faith that impacts your life on a daily basis.

How can YOU show hope through God to others during uncertain times? 

by Mark Whitaker
Youth & Young Adult Director @ Avondale United Methodist Church in KC North
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