Hope this Helps: “But Now We’re Stressed Out”
HTH (Hope this Helps) is an ongoing series that we run on Tuesdays in which student ministers share various resources – videos, articles, books, curriculum, etc. – that have served their ministries.
“Modern education isn’t making students sick; modern education is highlighting the sickness already inside students. It’s drawing it to the surface. Students suffering from ‘school induced’ depression are competitive to the bone and self-justifying by nature (like all of us).”
“But Now We’re Stressed Out,” CJ Green’s article posted on Mockingbird last week, is a must-read. CJ notes that according to an article in The New York Times, the wide and varying pressures placed on students today are literally making them sick. As youth leaders, we come face-to-face with our students’ anxieties and fears on a nearly hourly basis. Their schedules are bursting at the seams and they wonder if it will all pay off when that big or little envelope arrives in their mailbox come spring.
Are we a part of the problem? How can we offer the solution? Like CJ says, we can be that precious and persistent whisper in their ear that reminds them: “They are loved more than their GPAs can merit, more than their bookshelves full of awards can express. Which is something they probably tried to tell me [CJ] at youth group, that one time I went.”