Listen To Your Kids

This past Sunday was Youth Sunday, and your kids spoke. Did you listen to them? Because they were speaking to us.

And a little bit to themselves. But mostly to us.

In the weeks leading up to Youth Sunday, your kids dug into what they were experiencing, what life was like for them in 2021, the pressures and expectations they were facing and the overwhelming sense that no matter what they did, no matter how much they accomplished or how “good” they were, that there was an underlying expectation that they would have everything figured out by the time they graduated, by the time they turned 18, then they would have failed us, that they would never be enough, that we would be disappointed in them.

We dug even deeper, deeper into their stories to find the common experiences, pulling the threads all the way to their ends to discover that this was not just something our kids were experiencing today, but that we have all experienced. That we have all been part of a world that expects the best, that says that anything less is not just less than but is worth nothing. That defines who you are by your GPA and the college you go to and the career you have and the neighborhood you live in. We talked about where FUMCFW fit in all of that, where the Justin fit in all of that—the roles we have played in that narrative and the ways we have tried to interrupt it—and we talked about what God has to say about all of it. That we always have been enough, that we didn’t have anything to prove, that if we let go of all of these expectations that we have for ourselves and for our kids. . .we would be happier, they would be happier.

And then they got up there and they spoke. They spoke about their lives, their experiences, the things that have shaped them, molded them, changed them. They spoke about the things we have taught them, the things we have modeled for them, the things that they learned from us. They spoke about hurt and about hope, they spoke about identity and about who they were made to be. They spoke truth, their truth, truth about who they were created to be – who we were all created to be. People of joy, of laughter, of freedom, of creativity, of kindness and of acceptance and of love. Of treating ourselves and each other like living breathing human beings and not just a list of accomplishments or job descriptions.

So take the time to listen to them. Listen to what they have to say. If you missed Youth Sunday, take the time right now to listen to the four of them – it’ll take you less than 20 minutes. And if you caught it live, go back and listen to them again, I promise it’s worth it.

We are so incredibly proud of them. We are proud of their work, their vulnerability and their willingness to stand in front of us and speak the truth they had to share. Go listen to your kids.

Peace,

Matt Britt
Associate Director of Youth Ministries

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