Oh wow. Le Hubby and I were up late last night. A dear friend of mine is getting ready to move to England this next week for graduate school. She'll be gone for at least a year...but she's another girl who studied in London with me in college so she may decide to not leave this time! She had a 'Going Away Shindig' at her Dad's house yesterday and we didn't get home until after 1 in the morning. Cooking breakfast for 15 kids was the last thing I wanted to think about, so the Hubs and I went the quick & easy donuts route this morning. Woohoo!
We'd intended on making coffee but got to our room to find we didn't have a coffee maker. Sad times. I'm commmpllletely zonked now and letting this post be my one last thing to do before I take a little nap.
Our class was good today. Our lesson was out of Genesis 1:26-31, describing the creation of man in God's image. We discussed the special position (v. 26-27), purpose (v. 28-30), and worth (v. 31) we have in our relationship with Christ.
In the beginning, we had to sort of steer our kids away from a topic they seemed to be stuck on for a few moments. We have two siblings in our youth; one is mmr and as sweet as a....powdered donut; the other is just a big handful who can be obnoxious & disobedient most of the time. Some of the boys in our class started talking about some of the funny things the first can do sometimes (all of our kids love this guy, really), but it lead to them venting heatedly about the other. We stopped the discussion and went on with the lesson. Later, when a student read the verse that says all humans were made specifically in God's image, Hubby stopped for a minute to remind the kids that no matter how funny or frustrating someone else is, they were still made in God's image and still offered a personal relationship with Him.
Later, during our discussion question time, the kids gave such good points to the topic. 'What shocks you most about God choosing to have a special relationship with you?' One boy (a genuine country boy football player) said that it was his own personal daily sin that put Christ on the cross. 'How does the knowledge of your special relationship with God change the way you live, believe, and even pray?' During the lesson we talked about have a special purpose because of our relationship with God, so some of our kids talked about how their college-prep type decisions were affected by what they felt God wanted them to do in life. Others said it helped them decide who to be around in school, and other small daily decisions they were faced with. The kids all agreed that the biggest thing that 'kept them from acknowledging that God wanted a deep & personal relationship with them' was just how busy they are pressured to be in school (especially in their junior year). They feel like they have to be a member of x number of clubs, more than one athletic team, along with keeping their grades up...which led to them feeling overwhelmed. Lastly, we talked about their 'responsibility in being representatives of God'. Wrapping up everything, we reminded the kids that no matter what they felt their 'purpose' was in life specifically was, we are foremost called to bring glory to God through our lives in whatever facet that may be.
I know this is short and maybe a little vague, but our discussion was very good today.
We ended class with a few ideas about fellowship trips the kids might want to do soon and candy! Le Hubby tosses candy to the kids for volunteering to read or contributing to the discussion (a habit I picked up from a college professor). We wanted to know what types they wanted and they immediately started shouting out all kinds of chocolate. *gasp* After a short soapbox type speech from me about a certain topic that I really don't want to bring up until my super wonderful sweet action guest post is ready....the kids immediately agreed to stay away from chocolate....why? Plllllease do be patient for another day or so and I promise I will share everything with all of you!
That's all for now,