Parenting and working with students can at times be daunting. Sometimes students do not mature as quickly as we would like, they do not make the changes that we would like, and they make decisions that we definitely do not like. Being called to this specific group requires much grace to be received and much grace to be extended. I just want to encourage you to persevere.
The staff at the Denton campus has been walking through Smith and Snell’s Souls in Transition:The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. The book paints a rather bleak picture of American 18-23 year olds, but the data does give hope. According to the data, the authors conclude,
“the past continues to shape the future. This is important to know, because it means that the religious commitments, practices, and investments, made during childhood and the teenage years, by parents and others in families and religious communities, matter—they make a difference.”
This means that by grace and the working of the Holy Spirit the time, energy, attention, blood, sweat, prayer and tears that we spend on our students is not wasted. We may never see the fruit of what is being planted, but we are called to persevere.
Hebrews 13 promises that the God of peace who brought Jesus back from the dead will equip us with everything good that we may do His will. Simply stated, parents when you are weary, persevere. Leaders, when you are weary, persevere. God has called us to a work that is impossible for us to complete outside of His mercy and grace. We may not see the results, but your effort is not in vain. Thank you for warring for students with us.