By Jaime Handley
It’s February—the month after the month of new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions. It’s the month when we realize that all we were hoping and planning to do—all the diets, all the goals and all the bucket-list plans—may be less likely and more difficult than we thought. But it’s also the month when we get to reassess how realistic (or unrealistic) those overly ambitious New Year’s intentions are and remind ourselves that it’s the small day-in and day-out decisions that help us move toward becoming who we want to be and who God is shaping us into.
And we aren’t the only ones making these New Year’s resolutions. Our students also have things they wish they could do better, or do more often, or maybe even do less. They have the same struggle to make the right decisions and live a regret-free life. And this struggle—this choice between two outcomes—is exactly what we’re dealing with in our featured series for April, I Wish.
Here is a brief summary of this three-week series:
One of the hardest lessons in life is learning how to deal with regret. And one of the most valuable lessons is learning how to avoid it altogether. In every choice our students make, they have the power to walk down two roads: I wish I had or I’m glad I did. And when they understand that God will be with them in the midst of every decision they make, every moment of pressure they feel and even those times when they don’t make the best decision and have to deal with the sting of regret, they can walk through life with courage and discover who God has created them to be.
And remember, Orange Conference 2013 is right around the corner. If you’ve never been, you won’t want to miss this spectacular opportunity to gather with youth leaders from all over the world and learn from some of the most refreshing and insightful church leaders and speakers of our time. And if you’ve been before, you know that you will definitely want to gather your team and head out to Atlanta this spring.
We can’t wait to hear how things are going in the New Year. And, for any of you that did the H2GO! Initiative, we would love to hear how the challenge impacted your students and their families. Please send us pictures and stories at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The XP3 Team