We're entering week 2 of our new series, CHAOS in Nitro and Fusion. Here's a sneak peek at what the series is all about and how you can best engage your student in conversation about what we're learning together.
We’re Teaching This:
When was the last time you felt totally out of control? Maybe it was when your car hydroplaned, just for a second. Or maybe your plans got changed at the last minute leaving you with nothing to do. Or maybe a friend or family member’s behavior left you shaking your head. We all have moments like that—moments that leave us feeling tense, anxious, and wondering how we’re supposed to handle it all. The problem is, sometimes those out-of-control moments end up becoming a regular part of our lives. Whether it is with the stress and uncertainty of our future, the pressure that comes with our relationships with others or even the anxiety of where we are with God, chaos can start to feel like it’s everywhere. It’s no surprise that God never intended for our lives to be defined by stress. Thankfully He doesn’t tell us to handle it on our own, either. He invites us to bring our worries and anxiety to Him. And when do, we find that He doesn’t just remove the chaos from our lives. He replaces it with something better—peace.
The Bottom Line for this Week: What God Thinks > What They Think. We'll be working on thinking through how expectations from other people sometimes are the cause of our stress.. and ultimately, we have to trust that God's view is the most important one!
Maybe you could ask your student..
- What's the most stressful thing in your life right now?
- What do you think is causing that to be so stressful?
- Do you tend to allow pressure from other people or their expectations of you cause you to be stressed? How so?
- What could we do together to help us both remember that God's view is more important than anyone else's?
Sometimes the best tool for managing stress is to take a time out.
Try having a disconnected dinner with your family. Once a week, at the beginning of dinner, have everyone drop their mobile devices in a basket, including the parents. It’s a symbolic way of saying to your student, “This time is important. And I’m all here”.