If Instagram were real you would see the pastor struggling to write his message because of his insecurity and depression.
If Instagram were real you would see the fight the youth pastor with his wife before he baptized 50 students at beach camp.
If Instagram were real you would see the student cutting herself in her bathroom before she goes to the concert.
If Instagram were real you would see the popular student dealing with sexual identity issues.
But Instagram is only the extreme highlight reel of our lives. It shows a lot of sunsets, burritos, feet on the beach, and Taylor Swift concert pics. Those are wonderful moments, but we know that life is more in the valley than on the mountain top.
How do we deal with such pain? How can we help teens navigatve devastating news? I have a teaching series called “A Word of Hurt” that I can use to train parents, leaders. teachers, and volunteers to help students through hurting times. I also have messages on dealing with hurt to use with students. I would love to share it with your church or organization. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.