BeYOU – Be A Leader - Trying Times
It has taken a couple weeks for me to sort through my feelings about all the issues our Student Athletes have to cope with in this generation. Gun Violence, Mental Health, Social Media, Family, and School challenges. To me, these events seem so polarizing due to the constant battering of information and immediate reaction to everything that is said and done.
In my generation if it wasn’t on the nightly news; it wasn’t being discussed so we were somewhat protected from the evils of this world. We still had major crises and a few come to mind. Such as the McDonald's shooting, where a gunman entered a McDonalds’ and killed 22 innocent victims, or the Chow Chilla bus kidnapping where they kidnapped a bus load of kids from school and were held at gun point. There were the Manson Murders, and the Hillside Strangler, that resulted in the death of a classmate and a brother to my dear friend Troy. We were all terrified and these events changed our lives.
Social Media has changed these types of events because they're constantly revisiting these issues, the trauma, the opinions, and the details continually. Worse, then everyone has an opinion about the issues with little or no filter as to how their words affect others. It is difficult for our young Student Athletes to be bombarded with this constant reality of the EVIL world that we live in. They’re brains are not mature enough to cope with the intensity of this information. We are NOT giving them solutions and coping skills.
I think all of us agree, ENOUGH is ENOUGH. But the solutions are NOT with our Government, or our Families alone. We need to give them life tools, “Eternal” life tools.
We want to provide a SOLUTION for our Student Athletes. Get involved with a Local FCA group. We have a Softball FCA led by Dana Jenkins. firstname.lastname@example.org CSA has partnered with FCA http://fcasoftball.org/ and we want to encourage our Student Athletes to JOIN, get involved. Help others solve their issues. Be a leader in making change! Don't wait for someone else to do it for you. There is a powerful resource waiting for YOU. Form your OWN group. Gather, Discuss, and Help others.
Contact FCA to create your own support group! Join an already existing one! Seek the Answers through HIM!
Matthew 19:26Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
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