To the kids who will stand at the flag pole and pray for your school tomorrow,
Every day you walk the halls of your school and find your faith challenged. Kids you reach out to in love reject you for being too “good.” Those you do consider friends but who don’t believe what you believe, who don’t follow Christ, even those you’re close to, they keep part of themselves back from you. They don’t tell you all their secrets because they’re afraid you might tell them that they’re doing something wrong.
They don’t understand that you’re not judging them, you’re LOVING them. You want what’s best for them, and that’s Christ.
So when you get up extra early tomorrow and stand in front of your school flag pole and pray for them—for your friends and your school, your teachers and staff—it might feel lonely. It might be hard. And make no mistake, it WILL be misunderstood. Paul tells the church at Corinth that people who don’t follow Christ just AREN’T going to get those of us who do—and that’s as true today as it was two thousand years ago. He says in 1 Corinthians 2,
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
But my friends, don’t let anyone look down on you because of your youth, or your faith. You have Christ’s love in you, and thought it may LOOK like foolishness, in reality it is all you need to change the world, even your small corner of the world. Even the world that exists within the four walls of your school.
Stand tall at the pole tomorrow, friends. You may not feel like it, but you are heroes of the faith. If you receive taunts or criticisms, count them ALL joy. It means your faith in Christ and your LOVE for your fellow students is being seen and noticed. It is making an IMPACT. You may never know the impact until you reach heaven, but you don’t need to. Give it to God, and walk forward in faith.
See You at the Pole is just one day, but let it be the spark you need to talk about your Savior in school EVERY day. And my dears, keep God’s word CLOSE to your heart and in your hands. When you are confused, scared, or have questions about how to live your faith, look NO further than the Bible. God truly did leave us an amazing gift when He gave us that book. Follow up See You at the Pole with Bring Your Bible to School Day on October 5th. And then maybe just leave a copy in your backpack or your locker so that you’ve always got it close by. Celebrate the religious freedom we have in our country by clinging to God’s word no matter where you are.
As a mom, I am so proud of ALL of you for loving your school and your fellow students enough to ask God to be present with you all every day. You ARE making a difference, and I can’t wait until we ALL understand the impact one day.