This week we are going to do something a little different. During our Crossover time (When Jr. and Sr. High intersect) we are going to have a costume dancing competition. DO NOT TELL YOUR STUDENT(S), all they know is they need to dress up. It should be a ton of fun but we need a little help from you at home. We have challenged students to bring their best dance outfit. However, that could be anything from a yeti costume to a cheerleading outfit. We actually just want them to wear any costume they can find and to have fun with it. Please encourage your kids to get dressed up and to make the most of it. Remind them how fun it can be if they choose to own it!
This week we are taking a break from our Logos series to do a four-week series on “Brokenness.” Many students feel broken because of a misplaced identity. Beyond that, some struggle with hard battles like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, pornography and more. Each of these are components that have the ability to communicate “I am broken, worthless, or a loser.” Yet, that is not how God sees us. We want students to look at themselves and others around them as jars of clay that are being molded and shaped by the hands of God. But for this to be true, we have to recognize we are not perfect. In fact, we are far from perfect and definitely experience brokenness. But God is the healer, the One who can restore and do a good work in us. This week, we will be looking specifically at the story of Rahab in Joshua 2. Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho who was far from living the life that God designed for her. Yet, God takes her and uses her as a key component in the Israelites defeating the city of Jericho to claim the land God promised them. Beyond that, we see that God used her in an even more significant way. She is the really great grandmother of Jesus (like great x35). It’s incredible to think that she was not only a key to Israel’s victory, but also part of the genealogy of Jesus! This is significant, especially when we consider the added value that Hebrews had on genealogy. Rahab was not a Hebrew. She lived among the people of Jericho, enemies of Israel. She was lost in a sinful lifestyle and was in no way pursuing God. Yet, God chose her. God used her in a powerful way. He can do this in us as well. He can take the most broken parts of our lives and heal and restore. He can use us for purposes far greater than ourselves. This is the God of the Bible who affectionately calls all who come to Him, His very own possession. We, as children of God, need to learn to surrender our brokenness and accept His healing hand.
We ought to be careful not to associate broken with trash, something or someone to throw out, or ignore. Instead, we need to firmly grasp that we are all far from perfect. We all experience brokenness in our own ways. However, our brokenness is not a bad thing; it is actually a sign of God’s strength. We can be made complete, whole, fulfilled, and restored by God. But we must start by recognizing that we can’t fix our brokenness. We have to lean on the One who can.
Questions for you to ask your students:
- What is the difference between broken and brokenness?
- What are some experiences that led you to feeling broken?
- What do you think God could do with this?