The Big Choice on Bring Your Bible to School Day
Guest blog by Hannah, age 13, from Colorado
When Bring Your Bible to School Day arrives — it always comes with a choice: Do you care more about what God thinks—or what your friends think?
I recently talked with a friend of mine who decided to bring her Bible to school. She said it was a difficult decision and described her thought process—staring at the leather-covered Bible on her shelf, and her backpack propped up on a chair. Then deciding, on a whim, to grab it and stuff it in with all of her other textbooks and supplies. Zipping up the bag, her heart beating unnecessarily hard. But as she went to school, the added weight of her Bible seemed to make her backpack lighter.
Maybe you’ve heard your pastor talk about sharing your faith, and this is a wonderful opportunity to do it. Chances are, you won’t be alone either. There are other kids in your school who go to church. They might bring their Bibles too.
But—especially as a tween or teen—it’s hard to not worry about what other kids think. I often catch myself making a comment, then looking over my shoulder to see if anybody laughed. Bringing your Bible could result in scorn from other kids, and that hurts.
If you’re anything like me, this is how your mind might work on Bring Your Bible to School Day:
As you prepare for your next class, you can’t help but notice your Bible resting innocently amongst the rest of your books. Maybe it’s lunch, or recess, or some type of free time that comes up next. It’s the perfect time to read your Bible. But you’ve already brought your Bible.
Do you need to do more? No one can see it in your backpack. But bringing it to school and back without reading is rather pointless. So you snatch it along with everything else, and are on your way.
Sitting down among everyone else, you start to read. It’s hard to focus on what the Bible says. Is anybody watching? You glimpse up, in time to see someone coming your way.
Maybe you’re one of those people that has no problem with enthusiastically sharing your faith to anyone who will listen. If so, I applaud you. Anytime someone asks me to tell them about my faith, my hands get sweaty, all coherent sentences disappear from my brain, and any fish on planet earth becomes better at talking than me. It can be somewhat scary to talk about what you believe, especially when someone may tease you about it.
But remember that Jesus Christ is with you wherever you go. Be honest about your faith, and why you believe what you believe. Let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Matthew 5:14 -16 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (ESV)