I get a lot of people telling me that I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on or tormented by my peers because I went to a Christian school and my dad is the pastor of a church.
This the farthest thing from the truth.
I want to reveal to you how hard it’s really been for me as a teenager. It hasn’t been a picnic.
For starters, just because the school is called a “Christian school”, it doesn’t mean all the students there are Christians. You would be shocked if you went to a sleepover with some of the “Christian” girls there and have seen the movies they watch, hear the music they listen to and the things they talk about. I’ve been so burdened for my fellow students that I’ve lost sleep crying to God for them and desperately begging for them to see the truth of the Lord.
The thing is, they went to a Christian school and were fed the gospel left and right in Bible class, Wednesday chapel and through the Christian curriculum. For some of the girls, this education merely gave them a good cover. They would say they were Christian and point to the Christian school they attended in order to convince people that they were Christians. However, their lives, actions and words CLEARLY said otherwise.
For others, they got so used to being told about the gospel, that they could easily tune it out at will and therefore the gospel had no impact. I have lost friends because I wouldn’t be around people who cuss or talk about nothing but hot guys. I stayed up all night crying and praying for seven long years for my schoolmates to find the Lord.
Being a pastor’s daughter, my fellow students thought different of me. They thought of me as a Goody Two-Shoes (Not that there’s anything wrong with being one. Goody-Goodies ROCK!!!) and they disregarded everything I said because of it.
If you have friends at school or at church who are obviously not following God, here’s what you can do:
1. Pray… A LOT – God has a way of reaching into a person’s heart and convincing them. With dedicated prayer, God will move mountains and even soften the hardened hearts of those who’ve turned their backs on Him.
2. Understand that God has the power… NOT YOU – Without God’s help, there would be no soul-winning. There would be no youth pastor leading a teenager to Christ and no sermon on earth could ever bring a person to his knees for salvation. These are all tools God uses to bring people to Him (and that includes me and you). We have no power aside from God.
3. Speak the truth in love – Okay, let’s face it. When has walking up to someone and saying, “You’re a sinner and you’re going to Hell” made anyone turn to Christ? This happens a lot and it’s the reason why some people think of Christians as mean, rude or judgmental. Sometimes, the best way to give truth is not necessarily in the most blunt or straightforward way. Remember to be kind when witnessing and be sensitive to the fact that the person is not saved and may not understand.
4. Be patient and wait for God’s timing – This is the hardest one. We may want the person or people we are praying for to repent and turn to God right away, but God may have something else in mind. EVERYTHING GOD DOES IS FOR A REASON. We may be praying for years and years before the person or people finally turn to God and get saved.
The point is, you should love your peers because Christ loves them, and you should never give up on those you love, because God never gives up on us. It may not happen right away, but with dedicated prayer and witnessing, God can soften any heart, no matter how hardened it is.
Submitted by Project Inspired fan, Kayla Connell