summer lovin’ #4: preparing for then, not just now

Continuing my series on how we teach dating and relationships within our ministries, a post from last year about thinking toward the future, not just their present “felt needs” – in relationships and some other areas.

It’s likely you’ve talked to your students about dating well.

It’s likely you’ve encouraged them to sacrifice so they can give to important causes right now.

You might have taught them to be academic students “as unto the Lord.”

But though they’re better boyfriends and girlfriends because of your ministry, will they be better husbands and wives?

Will they be generous with their resources – even sacrificially – ten years from now, when the money is far more plentiful (but also far more necessary)?

Even if they’ve been taught to be Christian students, will they be full-time employees “as unto the Lord,” too?

We certainly should be impacting students with instructions for glorifying God in all aspects of their present lives. But if we’re not diving down more deeply into principles… and if we’re not preparing students for decisions and roles they will have in the future… then we’re not discipling them for a lifetime.

Even if our students will have good churches and good ministers and other good ministries when some of those roles are lived out, we still have some impact to make here. We should be preparing them. We should be raising them up.

Are you making good wives, good rich people, and good employees? What other future roles do you need to be discipling your students for?

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