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As an elementary student, I remember one brisk February morning when my 2nd Grade teacher, Miss Peters passed out a handful of candy conversation hearts to each of us.  We were given strict orders to not eat the little candies.  For a room full of 2nd graders, this was a challenge!  Next, we had to use the little hearts as a writing prompts for our handwriting practice that day.  Giggles filled the classroom as we tried to figure out how to incorporate “love bug” and “kiss me” into our daily routine.

Today, I still enjoy the little hearts, but the recipe doesn’t seem quite the same as it did in 1982.   change—and so do our tastebuds, I suppose.  Those little hearts still communicate, and as the school ministry leader here at Cross, I’d like to take the opportunity to share how a few candy hearts might communicate to you and to me as Christian parents or adults in the lives of Christian youth.

More and more, I hear adults lamenting the dependence upon social media that our young people have today.  It’s true that our kids need us to help guide and set healthy boundaries and limits—even for social media.  We ask our kids to include us as “friends” in their social media accounts.  While we may not post or comment on their interactions, having us their helps provide an opportunity to monitor the choices they are making and to help them think about how what they are putting on the Internet today can affect them tomorrow.  We also discuss how social media affects our impression of ourselves and others.  Another important consideration—what do our kids see us posting on various social media accounts?  Our own online presence is a terrific opportunity to show our children how we can live out our faith, even in a digital environment.

As a parent, I sometimes find myself getting pretty heated in moments when it’s not particularly helpful.  For example, giving a heated lecture about why waiting until the last minute to start a major assignment at 11pm is not a good idea—is not a good idea.  Usually, your kiddo has already given themselves the same lecture.  It may be more helpful to make a mental note to discuss time-management strategies when emotions and stress aren’t high.  You may find that approaching challenging subjects when you both are calm allows you to make some progress and have more of an impact.  It may also allow your youngster to open up to you about why they make some of the decisions they do make.  One of the things I’m still learning as a Christian dad and husband is to ask whether my loved ones simply need to vent or if they need help solving the problem.  Too often, I want to fix it when all they need is to know that I hear them.

As new challenges face us as Christian parents and adults in the lives of our youth, one thing remains the same—“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)  God has called us into some amazing ministry with our young people.  They need to know that sin is a real and present danger in their lives.  More importantly, they need to hear loudly and clearly each and every day that they have a Savior that loves them and frees them from that sin.  Help them get into the Word on a daily basis.  Develop a family devotion schedule.  Engage your kids in a Bible reading challenge.  Memorize God’s Word together.  In short, if you want God’s Word to be a guide in your child’s life, then bless them by helping them develop the habit of making it so.  

Your school ministry department at Cross Lutheran Church and School is here to assist you as you strive to raise up followers of Christ in your household.  We are praying for you and your family, and REJOICE as we continue to watch the young people of our congregation continue to grow as disciples of Jesus.  It’s a sweet treat to be in ministry with YOU!


Principal Brandenburger

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