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Christmas in July -- in My World

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Posted 07-12-2009 at 09:13 PM by Jeff Westover
Updated 07-12-2009 at 09:16 PM by Jeff Westover

I teach a Sunday School class for 13 and 14 year olds at Church and today their lesson was on trials, weaknesses and humility.

I asked them a question that gave them pause -- "Tell me about a time when you experienced a trial -- What has been your greatest challenge?"

I think being a kid today is more of a challenge than ever. With drugs, pornography, a relentless assault upon the senses by technology and the pressures of mere conformity in an eroding society has kids feeling pressure like no other generation in the past.

Locally we have dealt with serious issues such as suicide, anorexia and prescription drug abuse amongst kids this age so I honestly felt like I asked a question that should have been easy to answer.

But they struggled with the question and candidly told me they just had nothing to compare in their experience with the trials of their parents and grandparents.

Still more surprising to me was the admission from many that they didn't think they could handle what their parents had gone through.

This led right into our discussion of human weaknesses and why we have them.

The scripture behind lesson is quite plain:

"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

This was, as you can imagine, a new thought for them and I was proud of their discovery. It allowed them, as kids this age often are prone to do, to turn the tables on me. They asked ME what my weaknesses are.

The weaknesses are many and I shared a few with them that they expected. Then from the back of the room came the bright voice of a sweet girl who asked, "But what is your greatest strength?"

I shared with them my love of writing and this genuinely shocked them. They know me as the father of 7 kids, a frumpy sort who works as an executive for a candy company. Surely, I could not be as exciting as one who "writes".

That led to a brief discussion of what I write and it led to this website and what we do here.

That same little girl nearly shouted in class, "That's YOUR website? I love that website. I go there every day. I had no idea YOU had anything to do with it." Who knew we actually had teenagers out there clued in to MMC?

After class I had a long discussion with them about "my world".

I told them about the projects I put myself through at this time of year. While the sidewalks outside are blistering I am indoors banging away on a keyboard, trying to get things lined up for the many thousands who will visit our pages in the months ahead.

While the sunscreen is slathered on I am awash in Santa Claus, mistletoe and snowmen.

And I wouldn't have it any other way. During the season I can't exactly enjoy Christmas online because of my responsibilities here, with my job and with my family. So I savor my Christmas in July.

And I'm having a great Christmas, thank you.
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