My good friend who is a teacher at a Christian school in the city has asked me to speak at his high school’s assembly in a few weeks. It is quite an honour to be asked to share at an event like this but at the same time it is quite scary because I’ve never spoken to a high school before.
So here is where I need your help. I have been told that there is a lot of freedom to talk about anything pretty much, and that I have anywhere from 10-30 minutes.
I’m preparing to head out to Africa with my family in a Gospel sharing capacity, and there is a group from the school going on a short term cross cultural trip next semester. So the obvious conclusion is that it would be a good opportunity to talk about mission, evangelism, the world, or something like that.
However I’ve also been struck by the fragility of life, or the shortness of it (even if we live to 90) and the invincibility that we as young people think we have. And so I’m quite passionate sharing about how we only have one life and how important it is not to waste it but to commit it wholeheartedly to the God given dreams we have (obviously I would want to focus on those Jesus shaped dreams that we have).
The thing is, I’m not too sure what would help or inspire high school aged kids. Would talking about the shortness of life help them, or talking about mission and the world out there help? Would it help if I sung a High School Musical number?
This is where I would really appreciate your help, cast your mind back to your high school years, for some that is a long way back for others that was yesterday. What message would you have liked to hear back then? What do you wish someone would have told you back then that would have helped you through those years and into the future. If only someone had told me that…? I look forward to what you have to say.