More Thoughts from Junior High Kids

Continuing from the last post, here are more thoughts from our junior high friends.

Question:  Who is God to you?

  • God is a person that I can feel I can talk to at anytime.
  • God is my rock, my go to person if I’m going through trouble or sadness.  He’s my number one supporter.
  • God is my best friend, someone I can pray to vent to, and celebrate with.
  • God is someone I know I can trust and always look to no matter what, and he’ll always be there.
  • God is the reason I have salvation.
  • God is the father of all fathers.
  • God is my guide in life.
  • God is a listener.
  • God is the person who made the whole world.
  • God is my everything.
  • God is a loving, caring, and amazing person to me.  I’m inspired by how He loves everything.
  • He is the best of the best.
  • He is the best friend who sees me for who I am and knows my heart through all of my mistakes.
  • God is forgiving.

Question:  Think of the person who has been your greatest friend.  What do you love about the way they treat you?

  • They treat me like her family.
  • They are kind.
  • We don’t have to be around each other all the time.  We can pick up where we left off and continue to invest in each other.
  • They don’t give up on me and love me for who I am.
  • They were there for me when other kids tried to manipulate me.
  • They include me and share jokes with me.
  • They love me even though I have hurt them in the past.
  • They treat me with respect.
  • They are honest.
  • They build me up.
  • They make me feel special.
  • They don’t get mad at little things.
  • They are reliable.
  • They listen to me.
  • They bring me closer to God.
  • We just get along.
  • They make me laugh.

Question:  Besides grades and homework, what’s stressful about school that adults don’t realize?

  • Friends are complicated.
  • Being accepted by friends and teachers.
  • Not feeling like you have enough time for you mental and physical health.
  • When friends are mad at me.
  • All the drama that goes on.
  • Coming to school with family problems.
  • The depression that students have.
  • A lot of people get bullied, but many people don’t see it.
  • The questions I have.
  • Sports.
  • Cheer.
  • It’s really hard to find and make friends.
  • The pressure of fitting in and finding yourself at the same time.
  • Peer pressure.
  • Time management.
  • Some people at school can be mean and hateful, and you don’t know how to react.
  • Standardized tests and college admission.
  • I feel like I always need to impress others.
  • Adults don’t realize the bad things kids are doing over text and online.
  • Meeting expectations.  Balancing extra curricular stuff while also being ears to people fighting depression and suicidal thoughts.
  • Adults don’t realize that friends can turn on your back in a second.
  • What you look like for guys and girls.  Fitting in is important.

Reading these responses in kids’ own handwriting was like getting a view into their souls…their darkness, joy, fear.  And yet, on many levels, I could relate as an adult.  More to come…

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