How did I get here?
I'm very excited to get this blog started as a way to further communicate and update this ministry. I'm hoping to be updating this a few times per week to share some of the highlights of the ministry, some of the amazing students and ways in which we can all work together to help further God's Kingdom in the coastal schools of San Diego.
This past week has been very exciting. I had the privilege of being on the Valley Middle School campus on Tuesday and the Aviara Oaks Middle School campus on Thursday. Both campuses are ripe with current leaders who are looking to change the culture of the Carlsbad community for years to come.
It's such an inspirational time for me to be with these amazing young people on public school campuses praising the Lord and studying the Gospel. For the past few years I struggled to tread water in the public school system as an aspiring teacher. As I looked out at my classes, whether as a substitute teacher or interm teacher, I wondered where the leaders were, does character matter anymore to students and why are so many young people lacking motivation? It was discouraging at times.
What working on campuses with FCA has provided for me is an opportunity to brag about the amazing kids who love the Lord and to be inspired and encouraged that indeed our future is in capable hands. Students across the county are taking stands for Jesus and I couldn't be prouder to stand with them. To hear students glorifying the Lord and all He does in their lives in classrooms where I attempted to start a teaching career has been moving to me. These kids are openly and excitedly sharing the Gospel in a place where I could have been fired for even uttering a thought about my Savior Jesus Christ just last year.
While we see far too much on the news, or read online, and hear in our community about poor choices young people are making ranging from pre-marital sex, pregnancies, alcohol, drugs, etc., know this: there are amazing young people who are standing up for Jesus daily and while we may not always hear or see the positive student experiences, I can attest, they are happening daily on public school campuses and that should be an encouragement to us all.
Timothy 4:12 has always been one of my favorite verses and it states: "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." Up and down the coast, students who love the Lord are taking this stand and it is front and center of the campus ministry. My challenge to you is to continue to encourage young people in their walk, let's begin to acknowledge the great things they are doing, and I invite you to see it first hand. Come with me to a lunch time Huddle if you're ever in the area. If you want to see FCA at its purest, hop in my car, I'll always love the company.
Posted on Thu, March 31, 2011
by Matt Clinton