Stepping Out At School
These devotional posts are designed to help you to learn more about God's character through the Bible and encourage you to live for Jesus in all areas of your life. Our new writer Araba is starting us off, with some thoughts on how to be bold and confident in living as a Christian at school.
'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.' (Joshua 1:9)
Going back to school can be a daunting experience for several reasons. You might be nervous about starting a new year, finding new friends or doing well in exams. Some of you may also have spent the summer in the bubble that is a Christian camp or festival, or will be wondering how to find that balance between home and school - particularly if the majority of your friends at school aren't Christians.
The reassuring thing is, while you may feel like everyone else has it all figured out, the reality is that up and down the country, thousands of young people are wondering how they are going to fit in with others, balance their school work and stay excited about getting to know God and serving Him.
Perhaps you're wondering how to broach the subject and let your friends know that you are, or have become, a Christian. What an encouragement to know that we aren't alone, even when it may feel like it. God is with us during good times and the bad times, when we feel confident and when we lack confidence. You may worry about what friends will say or how they'll react to your decision to follow Christ. But, let's remember that God doesn't call us to keep Him a secret:
"We're here to be the light, bringing out the God colours in the World. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.' (Matthew 5:14, MSG)
Recently, I had the opportunity to go swimming with mantarays. Despite being terrified of open water - to the point where I haven't been swimming in over ten years- I did it. I prayed about it because I knew it was a once in a lifetime experience and that I would kick myself if I didn't overcome my fear and step out in faith that God would be with me. God might be prompting you too, to step out and do things at school or at college; maybe reach out and speak to someone about your faith, join a Christian Union group, or reach out to a person who is on the fringes.
The challenge is not only making the decision to give your life to Christ, but being courageous enough to live by that decision every day. It sounds like a mountain to climb, but thankfully, God gives us the tools to do it, and you don't have to do it alone.. - He will be with you wherever you go!
A PRAYER YOU CAN SAY:
Father, I want to be light for you - at school, at home, and with my friends. Please give me the strength and courage to step out in faith, and to live for you in everything I do. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Araba lives and works in Surrey. She's a newly converted baking enthusiast who is definitely learning by trial and error. In her spare time she loves playing netball and being part of a book club. Araba recently returned from 9 months of travelling and has been both encouraged and stretched by the challenges and people that God put in her path.