We're Teaching This:
We're wrapping up our 2 week series on Friendships, called SQUAD GOALS.
Last week, we talked about the importance of understanding the impact that your friends will have on your future. Thus, we encouraged students to think hard about the people they have in their life and whether or not they are HELPING their spiritual growth.
THIS WEEK we are going to be giving specifics about HOW you can take your friends group from "not awful" to "LIFE-CHANGING" in the best sense. In other words, how to turn your squad into #squadgoals.
The best friends are friends that are RELENTLESSLY committed to the same goal you are - and if that goal is pleasing God with your life, then working together on that goal is the best possible scenario for a student in Middle School or High School.
But it can be hard to find friends like that. What should we do then?
We're going to be encouraging students to think about the "Golden Rule" and how it applies to friendships. Essentially, if they want great friends, then the first step it to BE a great Friend.
In other words, as our bottom line communicates it,
BOTTOM LINE: Friend others as you want to friended.
Until we are personally committed to ACCEPTING people as they are, and then CHALLENGING them to become the person that God wants them to be, we'll never have people around us who are willing to do the same for us.
- Do you think your friends group right now is "#SquadGoals"? (Meaning, do you think your friends group is the kind of group that other people want to be like because of how spiritually vibrant you are?)
- Where have you seen a group of people who are helping each other grow spiritually in a big way?
- What do you think you need to do in order to be better committed PERSONALLY to the goal of pleasing God with your life?
- What do you think your FRIENDS GROUP needs to do in order to be better committed to that same goal?
- What do you need to work on if you're going to be the kind of FRIEND for OTHERS that you want to be someday?
- Parent: Tell about a group of people in your life that have pushed you spiritually. Talk about what you brought to the group that HELPED and what you brought that DIDN'T help.