If your quarantine time is going anything like mine it is easy to see the changes taking place in your student. Students are known to thrive when they get into a natural rhythm and when that rhythm is altered there is a need for acclimation or a transition period. During the typical transition period students are often desperate for suggestions and creativity. This is where we can help shift their focus on utilizing this time for doing God’s work.
This 3-Minute Truth talks about getting back into the natural rhythm of community. Community is relationships. Community is connecting, caring, and meeting the needs of others. When we connect and create that community there is motivation, encouragement, and fulfillment.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Notice what the author is saying here: First he saying we should be motivating each other to do acts of love and care. Second, we should be motivating each other to do acts of service (good works). Finally, we should encourage one another to meet with others. The challenges that come with this charge is how do we do this while in quarantine? I challenged the students to engage with Asbury Church’s social media and website with comments, posts, and shares. Secondly, I suggested connecting with 3 or more friends and check on them. And thirdly, I encouraged them to be examples of acts of love and service.
By challenging students to connect and create community, your student will start to form a new rhythm and this is where you can help! Each of the challenges are achievable. With engaging in social media, you can either let the student use your account or encourage the student to post or comment with theirs. Make it fun too! Most students use memes so try it out!
Asbury Students love to respond to comments or questions so I know they will enjoy memes. With connecting with friends, ask easy questions like, “How is Timmy or Susan doing?” and get the conversation started to help them realize they are not alone. I would also encourage them to reach out to those friends that they haven’t spoken with in a while. It’s a great time to start catching up!
Finally, with finding ways to encourage others to share acts of love and service I have seen numerous students sharing devotionals and worship videos. You could encourage them to start at home with their siblings or their neighbors. I have seen students who are playing games through a glass door, purchasing groceries for their neighbor, or doing yard work. Help your student find creative ways you are comfortable with. Just like in Hebrews, motivating ourselves and others to do acts of love, service, and community by living as examples, will close the distance, bring new relationships, and place our focus on the author and finisher of our faith…Jesus! And with your help this will continue to do these three things in your relationship with each other.