Junior High “Awake” Weekends
There’s a popular song out there right now by Avicii called “Wake Me Up.” I’ll be honest– it’s pretty catchy! To be brutally honest, it sums up what our culture is buying into at the moment.
Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start
They tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that’s fine by me
So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost
There’s a subtle recognition in society of what’s going on in every humans heart. People are searching, looking for answers for a very obvious void in their heart. Money, fame, jobs, social status, relationships, all these things may feel good and satisfy the void for a finite period of time, but even a devout atheist couldn’t argue that those things will actually satisfy the human condition.
Avicii has it all wrong here. He wants to put off life and just transiently and passively allow things to happen in life “when it’s all over”. Who really and truly wants to live that way? Most don’t, but most live that way.
We recently had two Junior High Weekends at the Timbers, where I used the theme AWAKE, taken from Ephesians 5:14 which says “AWAKE oh sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you”.
We brought in Ginger Ciminello and David Marvin to speak to the 6th through 8th graders about waking up in their faith, and then coming alive with the presence of Jesus in their lives.
I love these Junior High weekends because it’s such a cool way for church youth groups to come out to our property, escape from the distractions of the world, and take a weekend out of their busy lives to reconnect with the Lord. Not only were a ton of kids spiritually impacted throughout the weekends, we also had some really cool time playing crud war, opened up our brand new wake park, kids got to zip line, play spike ball, and spend some quality time with their small group leaders. We were also led in some incredible worship led by Matt Byrd and the Kindlin Worship Band.
I was encouraged by a conversation that I was able to have with one of the volunteer leaders who recommitted his life to Christ, and decided to awake in his faith, and start spiritually leading his family because of what the Lord did in his life during the weekend! It was so cool for me to hear about his life change and heart transformation that happened during a weekend targeted towards junior high kids!
Take some time to reflect with the Lord, about where you are putting your faith, hope and trust, and if it’s not completely in the Lord, then “awake and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!”