S.L.A.M.
Students Living a Message

SLAM NEWSLETTER

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART
LIVING OUT LEADERSHIP TODAY

Many of us think we’ll make a difference “someday.” It seems like we often live for “someday.” We think things will be better next semester. Or, it’ll be easier when we make it to the next grade. Or, we’ll be happier if we just had more money or a nicer house. But I think God wants us to live for him today—not just wait for “someday.”

Throughout history God has used kids to accomplish his purposes. Think about David—too young and too small for a job bigger and older men had turned down. Men would have passed him by, but God used him to slay a giant. Or what about Mary? She was just a teenager, but God chose her to be the mother of Jesus. God could have chosen Elizabeth—someone older and more experienced who really wanted to be a mother. Certainly, Elizabeth would have been more qualified by the local gossipers’ standards. But Mary was God’s choice. And what about the kid with the sack lunch? Instead of having the disciples go fishing or providing food for the massive crowd in another way, Jesus decided to share the lunch of a young boy with a crowd of 5,000.
I think God is still about using kids and proving to the world he is the one who decides the abilities and usefulness of people. Take my friend Leeland—a guy who started writing songs and leading his congregation in worship when he was just a kid. He’s being used to lead a whole new generation in getting closer to God through worship and praise. God didn’t check Leeland’s ID to make sure he was old enough. God used him because Lee was willing, available, and passionate.

So if you’re thinking God has to wait for “someday” to use you, think again. God wants to use you right now. You can be a leader in your sphere of influence. You can lead in your school by speaking up when someone’s being mistreated, or remaining silent when you’re tempted to say something derogatory or hurtful. You can lead by befriending kids who are having a tough time, or not becoming arrogant or creating a clique because of your popularity. You can lead by setting a good example of character and solid morals by abstaining from sex and substances that harm your body. The qualities of a good leader are discernment (knowing when enough is enough), wisdom (applying biblical truth to everyday situations), confidence (not cockiness), and determination (stick-to-itiveness).

The Bible doesn’t say you need to be a certain age to be a leader. In fact, 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Pretty amazing that God is saying young people should be the ones who set the example for others. It’s important to know also that, as a leader, there is more expected from you. God actually judges leaders more harshly than he judges followers, because they have assumed positions as guides. There might be some junk in your life you need to clean up so you have credibility as a leader. It can help if you have someone older and more mature in your life who can help you deal with those rough spots. If you’ll allow this person to be truthful with you about your flaws and weaknesses, and help you encounter God’s grace for those areas, you’ll grow closer to God in the process. Be willing to learn from those with more experience, so you’ll be able to lead others in the right direction.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

2. SURF REPORT

~ Schools for Schools: Raise money at your school to help support war-torn schools in Uganda http://s4s.invisiblechildren.com

~ Amazing Grace: Ask your youth leader to take the group out to see this powerful movie (William Wilberforce is one of the inspirations behind Zach Hunter’s abolitionist movement.) http://www.amazinggracemovie.com

3. FORGETTABLE FACT
The average French citizen eats 500 snails a year.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”
– Oswald Chambers

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” -Corrie Ten Boom

5. PARTING SHOT
Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.

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