Searching for Truth

1 Timothy 4:12- "Let nobody despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity."

Giving a retreat for grade six students is a very different experience from giving a retreat to grade eight students. From my experience, the older students generally want to act more mature and tend to be more reserved, whereas younger students are very energetic and can have a harder time focusing.

Despite these differences, there is one thing I have noticed in common; every student we've ministered to has a hunger for the truth! And nowhere have I encountered this more than during small discussion groups!

During small group I'll sit down with six to ten girls and invite them to talk about whatever's happening in their lives, inviting them to ask any questions they have about their faith. The response is as varied as it is powerful!

Some students ask for proof of God, about miracles, or about the Trinity. One girl tearfully asked why God allows suffering, another asked for my testimony and then responded, "I'm going through the same thing!" I invite the group to answer or respond myself, and every time they listen with wide eyes.

“Nobody tells us this stuff,” said one girl after I explained the Trinity to her. “We don’t learn this in school.” I believe this to be one of the greatest tragedies I’ve encountered; youth are searching for answers and find so few people ready to converse with them. NET’s ministry is essential in filling this void, in providing a place for them to ask questions they otherwise might never get to voice.

We should be mindful of this not just on retreats but in everyday life, that people everywhere are searching for the truth. And no matter how young, we should be willing to listen to them and journey with them. And what better way to do this than by asking our own questions?

The verse 1 Timothy 4:12 encourages young people to be an example to other believers, and the young people I encounter show me how we should all be searching for God: like a child, with wonder and excitement and an open heart!

Theresa Wasch

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