“’If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.’ So, Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said.” Exodus 18:22-23
“We Have Adults in Our Corner” – High School Girl
Hey, you! Yes, you, the one who’s reading these words right now. I’m here to tell you that you have adults in your corner. You have adults rooting for you and wanting you to be the best version of you that you can be. You have adults that see you. They see you when you don’t think anyone else does. When you’re going through a hard season, they have the same conversation with you over and over again simply because they love you. And then when you tell them you should keep track of how many times you have this conversation, they reply by saying, “We’ll have this conversation as many times as we need to.” Hear this: you have adults in your corner.
This idea of having adults in your corner isn’t a modern progression of relationships. There are accounts throughout the Bible of older generations showing up for the younger generation. Why? Because life is done better together.
You’re probably familiar with the story of Moses. But in case you’re not or need a refresher, God spoke to Moses through a burning bush saying He was calling Moses to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Many things happen after this conversation from plagues to the parting of a large body of water. After the Israelites are free, Moses suddenly finds himself in charge.
Moses is faced with endless decisions and having to manage and care for thousands of people. Part way through the book of Exodus, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro visits him. (Read the whole story in Exodus 18.) Jethro has this ability to speak to a different side of Moses. Jethro sees Moses as not only a leader but as a human being who needed to be coached and reminded that he wasn’t in this alone. When Jethro visited Moses and spoke truth into his life, gave him practical ideas as a mentor and Jethro reminded Moses that God was with him. Jethro was Moses’ corner and pointed him to the one true God.
Who are the adults that are in your corner? Like Moses, it can start with your parents, extended family, or other adults who serve in those parental roles. It could be your DCE, youth leader or pastor. Could be your small group leader. Could be a Christian coach or a teacher. God never intended for us to be alone. God put us in families and communities. He placed people in your life to walk alongside you every day, reminding you that you are loved by God and others. You have adults ready to point you in the direction you should go. You have adults that are ready to celebrate you in the happy times and sit with you in the not so happy times. You have adults who want you to know the truth that, despite your own sinful ways, God sees you, forgives you and God offers you salvation in Jesus.
So, you. The one who’s reading these words right now. Whatever is going on in your life, wherever you’re at: You have adults in your corner. You have God in your corner.
And don’t you ever forget that.
Dear Jesus, thank you for the adults I have in my corner, those that I know and those I might not know. Help me to hear them when you use them to point me back to you. Remind me that you are always with me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Questions to journal/reflect upon
- Make a list of the adults in your corner and reflect on the impact they’ve had on your life.
- Read Exodus 18:7-27. What role does Jethro play in Moses’ life?
- Who is your Jethro and what makes them your Jethro?
- Spend some time this week thanking God for placing adults in your life and make it a point to thank the “Jethro’s” in your life.