College is the new adulthood ceremony for this generation. For some, it takes even longer. I was talking to a friend last year who is a grad student. She said that the new clinical age range for adolescence is 13-24. 24!
This makes what we do ever that more crucial. Freshmen no longer come to us as adults trying to make their way in the world. In many ways, they are still children, trying to figure out how to become adults. The very best way to do that is to lead them, guide them, and set an example for them in Christ.
Last week we baptized 2 new believers. Two young men who are ready to make Jesus not just the Savior, but the Lord of their lives. Usually we do end-of-the-semester baptisms. But when God doesn’t move on scheduled times, He moves in the timelines of people’s lives.
Junior (far left) gave his life to Jesus after Shane invited him to XA. At the very first meeting, his heart was touched and he wanted to make a change. “I took him on his offer to come to XA and seek something different than what I was seeking,” Junior shared to the crowd before he was baptized, “And I really liked what I found.”
My not-so-baby-anymore is turning two next month. I can hardly believe it. I remember when she was first born, at a measly 5 lbs 15 oz, and how sweet and innocent and small she was. I was in awe that Faith had ever been that small… could it have been possible? Even though I knew that she had been. And now Jovie is growing up into a little girl with personality, desires, likes and dislikes, and, of course, challenges.
It is the same with these new believers, these new students who are seeking God. They need so much care, but it is exciting because they are so sweet, innocent, and small in the light of God. But inevitably, we all grow up. And as they grow, they need the same amount of care, but perhaps in a different way. They still need to be nourished and helped along in their growth, but there are new levels to their identity in God and their responsibilities in this wide world.
Just reminded of that today. And thankful that we have the Counselor to guide us all along in this life.