10/13/13: Enjoying The Ride Of Your Life (Part 1 — Continued)
Week 2 in the 12:13 class was a bit less crazy — most students remembered to bring their binders, and at least 50% remembered to bring their brains. We watched a brief video about Operation Christmas Child (our class project during the next few weeks) and enjoyed our first “Face To Face” spotlight featuring one of the 8th Grade girls. Then we turned our attention back to the Middle School Mind…
As they make the transition from childhood to adolescence, students undergo dramatic changes inside their skulls. As you might guess, these developing mental abilities produce a new set of temptations for the Middle School student: disrespect toward parents or teachers, premature independence, and stubbornness. Scripture warns us of the deadly peril of such pride: “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5).
Fortunately, the Middle School student doesn’t need to navigate this river alone. God has placed guides along the way, positioned at the most dangerous places to help us come through safely.
- Holy Spirit (Psalm 139:23)
- Scripture (Hebrews 4:12)
- Parents (Proverbs 13:20)
- Pastors (Hebrews 13:7)
In addition to looking to these guides, we look to the gospel — to Jesus — our perfect model of the perfect mind: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing…” (Philippians 2:5-8).
We finished the class with a 12:13 debate. A team of 8th-grade boys matched wits with a team of 8th-grade girls over the resolution, “Mountain Dew should be an essential part of every Middle Schooler’s daily diet.” Parents, you will be relieved to know that even though the boys’ team and many in the audience were in favor of daily Dew, the girls’ team carried the day with their arguments against.
The Middle School mind is a sharp blade, capable of injury to self and others…but in the Master’s hands it is a mighty weapon for good. Because it is a reflection of the One who made it, he tells us to use it to its fullest: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). That’s why I will be urging every student in 12:13 this year to have a big head — and a humble heart.
FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION WITH PARENTS:
- As your mind matures and you begin thinking at a higher level, what new temptations do you face?
- How does our Lord’s example in Philippians 2:5-8 encourage or challenge you?
- What are some ways you can honor God with the amazing brain he has given you?