The New Mood Ring
Wouldnt it be nice to know what your students were thinking?
The church where I served in NC had a middle school retreat this past weekend, the first of which I havent been on in three years. Throughout the whole weekend, I saw a lot of status updates on Facebook from students who were on the trip.
In terms of social media updates you usually have three categories:
-The Outrageous: Get in my belly…LIKE A PIE!
-The Traditional: Wish I was at the movies watching The Social Network with _____
-The Call Home: Im getting a mohawk!
With some updates, its pretty easy to tell what the motive is behind their words. I consider it our generations mood ring. While most would think that the status update reveals internal motives and thoughts, realize that students only type what they want you to think. Its not always the truth of their situation.
One study ((Jennifer Menon Mariano & William Damon, The Role of Spirituality and Religious Faith in Supporting Purpose in Adolescence in Positive Youth Development and Spirituality: From Theory to Research (ed. Richard M. Lerner et al, Templeton Foundation Press, 2008) , 215.)) of 444 teenagers across the USA was administered to find out what students value most. In the study, they were asked to tell what was most important to them. Out of eighteen categories: Happiness was #1, whereas Religion and Faith was #12.
Most students dont sign up for trips or go to church because they want to increase their faith. They go to pursue happiness. What are you doing to show that faith is directly related to happiness? And how are you helping cast a vision for kids to pursue something bigger than happiness?
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