Christianity, Teen, Teenage Girls

Why Get Salty?

Hey sisters! I’m so glad that you found the “Let’s Get Salty Podcast”!!! I am a high school chemistry and physics teacher and volunteer Young Life leader who has had this little dream of providing biblical content to high school girls that is practical, relatable, and easy to access. In my 11 years of high school ministry, I have found that high school students have become increasingly busy, not because they have more homework or are more involved, but because they (and let’s be honest me too) take exponentially longer to get stuff done because they are distracted by their devices. I mean, I’m not that old, but I remember coming home from school and if a friend wanted to call me, she’d call the land line at my house and if I was still working on homework my mom would tell her that I’d have to call her back! (The disgrace!!) I sure did get my homework done quickly so that I could do all the talking with all of my friends.

I have been thinking and praying about this idea for quite some time now and decided that it was finally time to start acting–just do it and see where it goes. I am an extrovert to the core–so talking is totally my jam! [True story–when I was a little girl my biggest fear was being abducted. When I expressed my concern to my dad he told me that if I ever was taken, to just start talking and they’d eventually let me go. I honestly thought it was a legit plan–and would certainly be my way out of that situation if I ever found myself there!] So as I processed my vision was and what I am already good at (talking–in case you missed it), I decided to give this whole podcasting thing a go.

I know that there is an ever-increasing amount of podcasts out there, but I have yet to find one that is just for high school girls who are trying to follow Jesus in the midst of their busy (and let’s be honest, confusing) lives. My desire is to give them a piece of scripture–a nugget of truth in their day–combined with some real-life, high-school girl perspective. So, that’s what I’m doing. I have gathered some of my students and young life girls and have given them sections of scripture to read and reflect on and then to discuss with me. Every recording that I have done has been so much fun and a casual conversation that I would probably have had with each one of them anyway, just with a microphone on the table. They are organic and sweet and honest and so very relatable.

My hope is that girls will use this as a tool to draw them closer to Jesus. That they would push play while taking a shower, putting on makeup, cleaning their room, driving to school, or during any other mundane task. That those tasks would turn in to sacred moments and would draw them closer to their creator while letting them know that they are not alone in this journey of following Jesus.food-kitchen-cooking-spices.jpg

“Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here to bring salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”
Matthew 5:13 (MSG)

So, why “Let’s Get Salty”? My high school girls use the phrase, “I’m salty about that” or something of that nature all the time, implying that they’re upset or harboring some sort of bitterness. I mean, they use it all the time. In deciding the direction of this adventure, I wanted to remind my high school friends that being salty is bringing out the God-flavors of the earth. Being salty is bringing Jesus into the mundane, hard, joyful, and crazy moments of life. Being salty is what life is all about, and it requires work. It requires paying attention to the details of life. It requires knowing Jesus and knowing ourselves and desiring for our gifts to be used by the one who created us. It means having full life RIGHT NOW! Let’s Get Salty just made sense to me in the generation of young people that I am trying to reach. It epitomizes the life that I long for us all to live–sprinkling our salt in every aspect of our life so that everyone we encounter tastes more and more of Jesus.

Let’s Get Salty together, friends!
Mrs. Walker

 

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