Once a month, the high school students come over to Aubrey and Robin’s house to eat, laugh, play games, and dive deep into the Word of God. This monthly time together is called CRAVE, and though it is near-impossible to find a school night that works for
high school students to get together, we average a dozen or so.
At one of our most recent meetings, Aubrey asked the group how they wanted to march forward study-wise. He told them, “This is your time and your group. I don’t want to dictate what we study or spoon feed you. You are busy, but if we are going to set time
aside to do this, you need to be fed.” One of our students spoke up and said that she would love for them to have a chance to share their own stories/testimonies – of their life, what they’ve been through, and what God is doing. Another guy spoke up and said
that maybe they [the high school students] could take over leading the Bible/Devotional side of the event.
A resounding YES!! was given to both of those suggestions. After the meeting, two students told him over Robin’s [world’s best] homemade cookies and coﬀee, that they would take the reins next meeting. Other than a location and food-prep, all aspects of the
next CRAVE were handled by teenagers. After advertising on GroupMe and text message, 24 students showed up and crammed in the living room.
Harrison Van Eaton [one of our sophomore guys] led us into the Word and guided our discussion of Hosea/Faithfulness. He passed the torch to Jayla Meadows, [one of our junior girls] who shared her story. Her testimony is a powerful story of God’s faithfulness in the midst of a broken and uncertain world. Both did a fantastic job of leading their
peers and setting the future tone for CRAVE’s direction.
Neither of them would want this article written about them. And it’s not about Harrison or Jayla specifically. It’s about each of us choosing to share with others where we are on HIS path. As we dive deeper, we invite others to join our journey. The students also remind Aubrey and Mitchell ofen that teenagers will often rise to whatever level
they are challenged. If the bar is set low, they can certainly settle. If they are challenged and equipped, BIG THINGS can happen.
We try to remind the students at CCYM of Paul’s words in I Timothy 4:11-14. “Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in
purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift…”
Nobody is more naturally equipped to minister to young people than our students. They are in the trenches everyday. In the cafeterias. Locker rooms. Hallways. The inﬂuence that Aubrey, Mitchell, their wives, small group leaders, or other countless volunteers have on the friends of the students of Clear Creek is not even comparable to the IMPACT of those students choosing to be salt and light daily.
Everybody needs a Paul. Look to those that lead you to continue to point you towards Christ. Everybody needs a Timothy. Look for those around you that are searching, and help show them Jesus through your actions and attitude.