The goal is to love people,
not judge people.
Think about this: We live in a culture that expects and wants immediate gratification, so anything that takes time or doesn’t show immediate results is frustrating for a middle schooler. This makes the practice of developing spiritual habits over time especially difficult.
Remember this: “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Galatians 1:10 NLT
Free people put others first.
We’re all naturally inclined to put ourselves first. Ironically, the more we try to prioritize our own needs and wants, the more it seems to lead to stress. This week, ask your teen if there are any relationships stressing them out right now (like a friend, teammate, or sibling). If appropriate, help them see how putting the other person first might actually reduce the stress of the situation.