Happy March! This year is flying by!
Last night in high school we ate some pizza, discovered that the downstairs microwave won't pop popcorn, and talked about God’s design for sex and marriage!
After eating some pizza, we gathered for prayer requests and prayer. If you would like to see our prayer requests and pray with us, you can do so HERE!
After that we dove back into our Christian Sexuality series to talk about God’s design for sex and marriage!
The video for this week talked about sex as a “whole person” experience - physical, emotional, and spiritual. It is a good gift from God designed for procreation, pleasure, and to bond people within the covenant of marriage. It’s important that we make the distinction that God designed sex as a good thing, because especially within Christian culture, our students may hear a message that says “sex is bad.” When they hear that message, (from you as parents, the church in general, or even their peers) it becomes very jarring when over the course of a single wedding day that message completely reverses and sex is suddenly great!
There is also a risk in allowing students to feel like marriage is the only option for intimacy in life. I worry that our students already base a part of their self-worth on how “desirable” they perceive themselves, and view marriage as the chief end of desire. We took some time to describe the depth of “choosing love,” which is not contingent on emotional infatuation. I am more in love with Dynelle today than I ever have been, because each day we “choose” each other, and try to put the other first. This is not an easy task, because people are not always easy to love. This is a kind of love that is not often represented in Hollywood films or Disney movies. “Prince Charmings” and "happily ever afters" don't exist, but that’s not a bad thing! The kind of love that is displayed in those stories is so much cheaper than the kind that is born out of God’s design. When you invite someone to join you in the crucible of life, in your deepest highs and lows, it is far more beautiful than the cheap, untested, and circumstance-dependent kind that is often seen in the media.
This is obviously a huge topic, and we didn’t fully flesh out all the things we wanted to. Over the course of our next few conversations I’m sure that the topic of marriage will continue to crop up, especially as we talk about singleness next week.
I’ve also offered your students the opportunity to write down any questions and stick them in a Question Box. I want to offer an anonymous and low-pressure way for them to ask questions they might have about anything we're talking about. We haven’t had any questions thus far, so I will bring some examples of past questions next week to continue encouraging them to use that resource.
Speaking of next week, we will be talking about singleness and intimacy! You can find the parent guide for that HERE, and if you have access to the course material I would encourage you to watch the mentor video before next Sunday!
I’m praying for you guys, and I hope that this series has generated some great conversation at home!
Thanks for stopping by!