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Back to School… Thoughts on re-creating that image!

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So there’s this crazy movie called New Guy… I’m sure you’ve seen it. It came out quite a while ago, and if you haven’t, it’s on Netflix. Anyhow, as I was sitting and thinking/praying about all the guys and gals heading back to school in just a mere week, I couldn’t help but to be reminded of this movie. You see, in the movie, the protagonist (main character) must leave his high school (where he is a total geek/nerd/all around punching bag dude) and enter an entirely new school environment. He takes this opportunity to change his “image.” By change his image I mean he becomes the total cool/mysterious/hot guy who the girls wanna date and the guys wanna be! All of a sudden he morphs from the school laughing stock to the school hero! All he has to do is change every single aspect of who he is! He uses cooler verbiage, ditches his old friends, tells a few lies, and changes his wardrobe. He stops liking the things he really likes, and begins loving the things he truly hates! It’s that simple! If I remember right, I used to think that every school year brought with it the opportunity to become the “cool” kid. The chance to recreate that image. And I really get it! We all want to be popular…we all really want acceptance… But I still have a nagging question in the back of my mind… Why? I mean, if you have to change your likes and dislikes, if you have to lie about who you truly are… is being “accepted” really worth it? And also, if those “friends” are accepting you based off of what they think you are instead of who you really are…do they really accept you? Or are they really accepting the person you pretend to be?
How awesome would it be to be truly accepted for who you are, and loved enough to feel comfortable in your own skin?! I really think that this is what our churches are supposed to look like! When I read the book of Acts, I see a picture of very diverse people joining together, loving one another, holding all things in common with each other, for the sake of Jesus! How awesome would our youth group be if we could be a place where a kid can come and just be real?! To be accepted even if he/she might be into, say, the Ninja Turtles (just throwing that out there!)
It really begins with us. In order to be accepted, we must first accept. In order to love, we had to be loved…and in order for another to love, we must love them! So on your first day of school, are you going to do what all the rest do? Are you going to convene with your friends of like-minded conventions, then create a pecking order from swag to drag? Or are you going to determine to be comfortable in your own skin, and allow others to be comfortable as well, accepting them, and loving them, for their unique differences?
More importantly, in our youth group, are we going to begin accepting and loving one another as Christ loves us? “For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body though many, are one body-so also is Christ…God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. (1 Cor. 12:12-25)
Later Days

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