Now I know a lot of you are scared with starting the new school year. For some of you, it’s your freshman year and you’re gonna be here for the next four years. You know, I remember my first day in this town...
The title of this article is not, “How to Avoid Anxiety” because that’s impossible this side of heaven. Anxiety disorders affect one in four youth over their lifetime, and it’s the most common disorder for youth to face in childhood and adolescence. While some of us will never have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, we all face anxious, fearful, worrying feelings at different points.
My kids and I recently watched a powerful story about baby animals in a Disney Nature film called “Growing Up Wild.” One of the babies, a monkey, lived within a troop of fifty monkeys that, by nature, heavily depend on a social class system. If a monkey is born into a good family, it gets the best food and the best chance at survival. If a monkey is in the lowest of classes, it sadly doesn’t fare well.
It seemed like it would never get here during all the May snow, but summer is finally arrive! After a long year of studying, training, teaching and working, you’ve earned a new swimming suit and some relaxation in the sun.
If you’re a human being, you’ve faced fear. Maybe it was on the basketball court or before performing a solo on stage. Maybe it was during a difficult conversation with a friend, applying for college or standing up to peer pressure.
I saw Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris for the first time while on a Denver Lutheran High tour of Europe. It was nineteen years ago that our group adventured through London, Paris, Rome, Versailles and the Amalfi Coast, and it was a trip I’ll never forget.
“It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak...like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” --C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
One of these days you should wander into an art classroom at LuHi and watch our talented ceramics students. You’ll see that a beautiful piece of pottery is not created by chance, but is dependent on many fine details: the malleability and composition of the clay, the deftness of the artist’s hands, the humidity and temperature of the kiln, and of course, the skill of the master’s hands.
So frequently in life, we are determined by our performances. We think getting into heaven looks like what Jack and Patrik had to go through to get into worship class. Unfortunately, some people think this is what it’s going to look like in heaven: a process of weighing our deeds and trying to live up to expectations.
As you know, the teenage years can be some of the best and some of the most tumultuous times. Teens need extra support from their parents. As a result, parents need extra support. Busy schedules and adolescent hormones can make you feel isolated on a lonely island of teen parenting. You need to be equipped to nurture your child and hear you are not alone on this precarious journey. Who do you turn to for help?