I write about teachers and leaders and parents and our relationship with our kids … but what are they really thinking?
I decided to find out by interviewing a 17-year-old.
She grew up in a Christian home and her grandparents and great-grandparents also love the Lord. She started as a homeschooler, but as a high school student, she has attended a Christian school.
What’s it like going to a Christian school? I have a Bible class and a mentor teaching me to study the Bible. I like that. Many of the kids aren’t fake. Many are positive.
But others don’t really practice good behavior. They swear, tell inappropriate jokes and don’t try to hide it from the rest of us. Some don’t want to be there, but their parents make them go. She then quotes Screwtape Letters where the demon shows that everyone acts as representatives of God.
The Bible is good, but I have to realize that not everyone is open to it.
What are the other kids like? There are three groups: 1) The quiet loner 2) Smart and really put together 3) The I-don’t-care.
What makes a good teacher? 1) To have a sense of humor and laugh with the students. 2) Don’t play favorites 3) Don’t be judgmental. 4) Be open to talk and listen
Who is your favorite Bible character? David – connections, relatable, rugged and handsome, character arc, sweet to think of him writing Psalms, remains faithful even with the rise and fall of lineage. He knew he was still loved by God.
What’s your favorite verse? Psalm 55:22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you, He will never permit the righteous to be moved. I find it reassuring that I can depend on God. And I liked the verse that uses birds as a metaphor – flying to the mountains. Psalm 11:1 – In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain …
What would you like to change about your life? 1) Not getting angry. 2) Not being judgemental 3) To keep high personal standards. 4) To be more understanding.
What advice would you give other teens? Use your high energy and curiosity to discover God’s attributes. If your parents are Christians, don’t keep things from them. If they found out things, you would be ashamed.
What would you tell parents when their kids don’t want to go to church? You need to force them, but slowly convince them of the importance.
What will you do after you graduate? I have no idea. I’m planning to go to Moody Bible Institute and discovering more about Chicago while I’m there. Hopefully I can develop my relationship with God and my creativity.
Thanks for the interview!