I have taught hundreds of seventh and eighth graders over the last 15 years. I love getting to know my students, watching them grow in their knowledge of the Bible, and seeing them spiritually mature over time. As I prepare to send my eighth grade students off to high school at the end of each year, I finish the school year with three questions I want them to carry. I call it a "High School Survival Guide," but you won't find a road map to picking the right classes, earning top academic honors, who to hang out with, what extra-curriculars to join or how to determine your future career. While all those things certainly have value, what I want my students to take with them is something on a deeper level.
In the following video for teens and parents (the first of a three-part series), I discuss the most important question I encourage teens to consider:
What is wisdom and truth and how do we find them?
In a culture that sends messages like "live your truth" and "find your own truth," Generation Z may struggle to determine what truth is and where to find it. Yet we do have an anchor in the midst of uncertainty.
If possible, watch this video with your teen; I hope that it opens up dialogue between you and your high schooler and offers a grounding truth as you all navigate this season.