See You at the Pole
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See You at the Pole Kids for Christ
Sunrise had not occurred yet, but he was awake. This weekday was different, and to him, it was a calling. Meet at the pole, was a day for them to shine for Jesus, the day he and some friends would stand up for what they believe.
Now, this may appear to be a simple task, not such a big deal if they were going to a private school. This event occurs at our local high schools, and it continues each year on campuses across the nation.
They are a group called, Kids for Christ, “yep,” that’s what I said, “K-F-C, and we’re not talking about the fast-food, Chicken.” This gathering is about food for life. Kids For Christ, stand up, and they are anything but Chicken!
The meeting at the pole happens amid the hundreds of students as they walk past the pole, on a public campus. On this day they join schools across America for a meeting which for many may have been irrelevant, but to this kid, it meant everything.
We have many of them in our midst; forming a purposeful army. Maybe they are hiding under a hooded sweatshirt. Perhaps they are afraid to speak up for fear of attack. However, This day, when they go to the pole as a unified group, they lift one another. These young people take a bold stance as soldiers for the Almighty God similar to the army that surrounded Jericho. They will not relent; they will trust in their Heavenly Father, and will not stand-alone.
“See You At The Pole” is the day, Kids For Christ, stand in front of their school at the flagpole. The flagpole that represents, One Nation Under God, and on this day, they want to stand up for their belief in Christ. They are sharing their passion and are eager to share in unity and welcome any who wish to join them.
They hope in these moments their stance can change, one life, just one, maybe more, only God knows the outcomes. They have tremendous faith that their position is making a difference. Hoping to be the smile that stops a kid from hurting, the sign that a lost soul would be seeking. They shine their light together for Jesus, in the land of the free, in a country where they can worship!
A few days before this event, he had gleaned as he shared the details of what this one morning would entail. He explained, each of us will get to pick a verse, and we will pray together. He said we would meet at six forty-five in the morning and gather there for about forty-five minutes. The night before the event, he was so excited, the same excitement one has for a big baseball game or fun youth event.
This young man is quite the sports lover and most mornings involve a quiet breakfast with the sports channel, giving him a helpful review of the weekly sporting events. If you can be in his presence, we always share in the delightful play- by- play update of his favorite sports teams. The sheepish grin shines through as he inhales a breakfast while following the sports news. That morning, however, was the day, while he was in High school, that he would be allowed to honor his most favorite team of all, God’s Team. That extraordinary day he would be permitted to share the Good News of Christ, who burns brightly in his heart.
Please don't Kick God to the Curb
As we know in current times within our society, people tend to kick God to the curb, in public establishments and or settings. To mention His Holy name is treated as some form of treason.
To say His name, it is so ironic given the mere definition of treason is a betrayal of trust or breach of faith. We as a people must find this amusing and confuse when our forefathers built this country on principles of faith. Even our currency states, “In God We Trust.” Our pledge of allegiance to the flag was created and displayed to bring reverence and loyalty to our, “One Nation Under God.”
So yes, the Kids for Christ group are beyond excited that on that one day they can stand outside of their various buildings across this great nation and say, things like
“When God, our Savior revealed his kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5 New Living Translation
This verse was one that our son felt called to share with us as to his feeling about that moment in time. Like his parents, his daily walk with Christ is one we admire. Our son is quite bold with his faith is such a fantastic blessing to watch, the joy of this day is as essential to him, as a big game or any teen event is, well, humbling. We couldn’t have been prouder of his conviction for sharing his complete love and respect for his Father in Heaven.
As I drove him to the school, I had the tiniest of pangs in my heart. This pang was a mix of emotions; I am a mom, right? First, the pulse of pure admiration for Our Father in Heaven. Second, joy, for the conviction He had placed on our son’s heart beginning at such a young age and continuing with such faithful and robust persistence that day and into his future.
We stand in awe of the work God is doing in both of our children or should I say, young now young adults. Their steadfast faith affirms that they and all children are God’s and we are granted guardianship of them for a short time.
As a parent, I admit the brief entertainment of the risk these kids take to place themselves before their public school, after advertising they would stand for their faith in God, right there at the pole. Just as quickly as I allowed this thought, I put it to rest knowing no matter what, God has all under His control, and it is not of my concern.
Those standing at the pole are sons and daughters of a King. They are part of His army, and they were eager to get up earlier, secure rides, and come prepared for what Christ would have them do for His glory.
Don’t kick God to the curb meet at the pole next time they are there. This meeting may be the jumping point for a new believer or the continuation for a life of service to our King. See you at the pole each September on campuses across America.
Meet Them in September
I must share my slight disappointment that the pole does not have an overwhelming presence of kids, on these September mornings.
As I drive by one last time before heading home, I noticed plenty of wiggle room. Wiggle room is quite all right, though. God gives us that. I suppose it’s what we do with that wiggle room that matters?
I pray you to wiggle your way right into the arms of your Father in heaven. I pray you’re led and guided by the lifting of the Holy Spirit, and I implore you to accept Christ into your hearts. If these kids can be an example, it must be worth looking into, what do you say?
How about not being chicken and trying to be a Kid For Christ. How about trusting that He has grand plans for those who call upon His name? Maybe start with “Hello God it’s me, your kid, I wanted to know if you have a minute to talk to the main Guy?
© 2012 Kathy Henderson