We all have busy lives. We have to juggle work, school, families, social lives, everything. We try to keep all the plates spinning, which sometimes leaves us with little to no free time. Students know this too, and they feel it like no other generation before them. Just last night I was talking to a student who has school every day, homework every night, churchy stuff a few times a week and sports (2 different teams). That’s insane! I can’t remember anyone being that busy when I was younger, but this seems to be the norm with our students these days.
I’ve noticed this among the students in my Life Group, who all seem to be involved in at least one sport (often more). As a result, they’re left with very little free time. They’re harder to communicate with, they have less time to meet at Starbucks or Taco Bell and they sometimes feel overwhelmed by it all.
I don’t know all the implications of this, but the biggest thing seems to be a lack of free time. It’s easier for a student to play off the “church stuff” for something “more important.” It’s also harder for us to get them to part with their precious free time to spend it with God or by serving others. The challenge I’ve seen this year is getting them to use their time to communicate with their leaders. There’s always something they can be doing, and our job is to help them realize where their time needs to be prioritized.