Youth News - March 2011
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March 2011
by Matt Kay

As I write this month’s letter, I’m getting things together for our annual youth ski trip to the Poconos. Our theme this year is seeking first God’s Kingdom – putting God and His priorities at the top of our own.

Whether we believe it or not, our lives are centered in something, and there are all kinds of things that compete for the first place spot in our lives: money, sports, hobbies, jobs, school, status… The list can go on.

But what we often find at the heart of all of this is a problem. It’s a problem of things falling apart when our lives are centered in something (or someone) that cannot sustain us, deeply satisfy us, or give us worth and meaning.

One person may be utterly devastated at the loss of a girlfriend, and another may have the same kind of loss over their favorite sports team losing a big game. Meanwhile, the guy who lost his girlfriend might not really care if his favorite team lost; and the guy whose favorite team lost a game might not be that devastated about the loss of a dating relationship.

The difference? One has built his life around sports, while the other has built his around dating. What we center our lives in is what we are truly giving our hearts to, and it’s where we (whether we realize it or not) are seeking to find our worth, meaning, and satisfaction in life.

Jesus directs our attention towards God and His Kingdom and His Righteousness as the true source of our meaning, worth, and satisfaction (see Matthew 6.33). And for every human being, this means a radical re-directing of our priorities to line up with His – a task impossible for us to do, but utterly possible with strength given from God! Can you identify the foundation that your life is being built on? Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What occupies your heart the most (your thoughts, your emotions, your desires)? It is something that can truly sustain you and give you worth and meaning, or is it something that can be bought, sold, or fade away in time?

May you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and may you find God ordering your life in such a way that brings you a true sense of satisfaction, worth, and meaning in Christ!

Matt Kay

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