So, Spiritual Emphasis Week at GCA was an interesting experience. At first I was wary but excited. In the end, however, I was thankful for the opportunities given to talk more closely with the students and to provide an open environment for questions. I was blessed to be a witness of open hearts and we had quite a few verbal confessions of faith! Now I'm just praying for these seeds of the Gospel to be planted into hearts of good soil. This makes me worried!
WHY should I be worried? Is it not HE who saves? Does HE not know His children? He does, He does!
To try to continue this open atmosphere, I asked my students to write down 3 things on a piece of paper and hand it in.
1) Spring Break plans
2) Any question they can ask me (I stressed that this was a valuable opportunity since I don't always answer their questions)
3) Prayer requests (optional)
I got a wide range of answers going from the banal to the extreme.
I was encouraged by questions from students I didn't expect questions from, such as "How/why did you become a Christian?" I was humored and intrigued by prayer requests ranging from "Pray for my grandmother" to "Pray that I don't die" (this person's Spring Break plans was "breathing (important)")
Then of course, I got the inevitable questions, "Do you have a boyfriend?" (twice) and then from the more academically inclined, "Do you have a boyfriend, if not, why?" and "How old are you?" The question that I got that I didn't expect was from a random student, "How heavy are you?"
Other random/interesting questions:
Would you lick Nick Jonas's foot?
Are you ginius?
I'll add more as I begin replying.
Sort of regret this. I thought it was so clever too -_-
(Of course, I envisioned 7th and 8th graders penning me grave, thought-provoking questions about life and faith. What was I thinking? This ain't the 1800s!)