Into the fire: Being a teenager is a lot like that old saying "out of the frying pan, into the fire," constantly going from one tough situation into an even trickier one. The pressures of school, parents, boyfriends and girlfriends, meeting other people’s expectations, and figuring out what it is you want yourself could put anyone on overload, which brings me to the other meaning of "Into the Fire." It’s easy to get discouraged, we’ve all met people who’ve given up or just become so cynical that they’re hard to even be around. But as Christians we’re called to be people of hope, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with us, to give us strength and courage and to remind us of God’s love for us. As disciples we willingly walk into the fire, the fire of God’s love, and choose to live in the presence of God. What’s the biggest challenge for you as a young person trying to live as a disciple? Let us know where you find strength, peace or hope.
Bradbury-Haehl is former program specialist for youth and young-adult ministry of the Diocese of Rochester.