What is Your “This”?

In High School Sunday School, Fuel School, we are shaking things up a bit. Four weeks ago, we looked at the latest Star Wars movie: Rogue One and asked the question, “What is so rebellious about being a Christian?” The next week, the topic was, Fake News and False Prophets and we talked about pursuing truths in Christ. The following week, we looked at a pretty cool dude from the bible, Timothy, and discussed the challenges of being a young leader in the church. This past week, we looked at the music of DJ duo, “The Chainsmokers.” Their music is revolutionizing the pop culture music scene with one of their top songs surpassing 1.3 billion views on You Tube. In Fuel School this week, there was one Chainsmokers song we looked at particularly close, “Something Just Like This.” In collaboration with the group Coldplay, The Chainsmokers debuted this hit on February 22, 2017 and it has claimed top rankings on music charts around the world.

“Something Just Like This” talks about the feeling of mediocrity in a world that seems like everyone is a mythological champion like Hercules or a super hero like Spiderman. In a world that is constantly competing and comparing our personal worth to the successes of others, where do we find our own value? When our test scores only matter when they are compared with others or when we focus on our bow in the curtain calls of the school musical relative to that of our rival, where can we find our value?

The female protagonist’s recurring theme in “Something Just Like This” in the chorus says, “I’m not looking for somebody with some superhuman gifts some superhero some fairy tale bliss just something I can turn to somebody I can miss oh I want something just like this.” In Fuel School, we looked at these lyrics coming from Jesus, not a person. In drawing from scripture, Mathew 11:28 tells us, “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Jesus doesn’t draw us in through our successes; you captain of the varsity team, you straight A student. Jesus calls us through our struggles and sorrows; you struggling with your identity, you struggling with expectations of yourself and your family. Jesus calls out to the weary and heavy burdened. While we may have straight A’s or success in athletics or theater, we all have burdens. It is in Christ that we find rest from these burdens.

With this blessing of a Savior who cares for our sorrows with such grace and compassion, how can we not live life with a since of joy and ease? In parting, we asked the question, “What is your THIS?” “THIS” being our faith. How can we live out our “This” so that our friends and peers can say, “I want something like THAT?” This week, High Schoolers are thinking about these questions, and I challenge you to do so as well. How do you demonstrate God’s love for us in your interaction with others?

Peace,

Ryan Carter,
High School Youth Director

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