Instant Adolescent Faith

Cody Ray Charland | Apr 6, 2011

Recently, I’ve become a coffee snob. I really blame it on the people I work with at FYI. The fact that multiple coffee shops are within walking distance of where I work and live doesn’t help either.

This is coming from the person who used to be content with instant coffee only two years ago! The drink used to be a business trip for the body; purely for caffeine and a substitute for sleep. Little did I know, coffee could actually taste good!

Great things take time. And important things, even longer.

In the churches and groups I’ve visited over the past few months, I’ve been noticing a likable trend. We’re all realizing that faith doesn’t come to adolescents (or any other demographic either) from one awesome group meeting or event. A Damascus road experience can happen, but it’s not always through a weekend ski-trip or talk.

Faith isn’t instant, for anyone or anywhere. It’s not easy come, easy go.

A.W. Tozer writes, “Instant Christianity tends to make the faith act terminal and so smothers the desire for spiritual advance. It fails to understand the true nature of the Christian life, which is not static but dynamic and expanding.” ((A.W. Tozer, That Incredible Christian))

Faith looks different for everyone, everywhere. And adolescents have their own unique perspectives and needs. Overall, the long-term relationships with Christ and the community of followers doesn’t have a magic ingredient. But time is required.

Cody Ray Charland

Cody Ray Charland is a second year MATM student at Fuller’s Pasadena campus. He holds a BA in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. As Project Assistant with the Fuller Youth Institute, he handles social media, and helps with writing, technology, and research. He was formerly a Young Life leader as well as Youth Pastor at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC. Cody enjoys the outdoors, all things Tar Heel, and barbecue.


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