It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fall—and the holiday season that follows it—is a fantastic few months of pure joy and hope. It’s an opportunity for people to share thanks for the blessings God has done, rejoice in the love of God through Christ’s birth and hope for a new year and a fresh start.
As joyful and happy as these months are for a lot of people, it can also be a very challenging time of year for others. Just because someone is supposed to feel joy and hope over the holidays doesn’t always translate into real life. Life isn’t always a Hallmark Channel movie filled with wonderful endings. This can be a tough time for many. That is why what leaders do and say to kids and teenagers these months can be so important.
As a leader who is investing time and energy in the lives of kids and teenagers, you are uniquely positioned to be a shining light to students during this time of year. But what can you say to them that can make an impact and difference? Here are three things you can say.
God loves you.
All that we celebrate over these months is because of God and the hope He gave us through Christ. Kids need to hear that we don’t just celebrate Christmas to get the latest and greatest “it” gift. They need to hear the real reason why we celebrate is because of God’s love for all of us. It gives a different perspective to kids that is necessary to gain full perspective of the holiday season.
You are awesome.
There is a reason why words of affirmation is noted as a love language. People feel encouraged when someone tells them they are doing good and that people care about them. Unfortunately, we don’t hear it enough. In fact, words of discouragement can be just as common as words of affirmation. That is why kids and teens need to hear that they are doing a good job and that they are awesome. They need to hear that God uniquely created them for a purpose and a reason.
I’m not going anywhere.
Kids and teens need consistency in their lives. After all, a lot of their lives are filled with inconsistencies. Relationships come and go, family is not always around and some parents are not involved in their lives much. That is why kids need to hear and feel that leaders are not just popping in and out of their lives. They need to know that leaders are there for them and will continue to be there. Consistency in the lives of kids and teens is so important and leaders can be that for them.
As great as the holiday season it, it can also be a very challenging time in the lives of students. As a leader you can communicate so much to students during this time of year. By sharing words of affirmation can be invaluable to them. These are just three things you can say (or variations of them) that can make an important and life-altering difference in the lives of kids and teenagers this holiday season.