What It's Like Growing Up As A Millennial Southern Baptist

10 Truths Millennials Who Grew Up Southern Baptist Know As Well As The 'VeggieTales' Theme Song

"Just As I Am" still makes you ready to eat lunch.

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Millions of children in the United States grow up in a household that identifies with a denomination of Christianity. Southern Baptist is a popular Christian denomination in the southern US, and many families immerse their children in it from a young age. I was one such child in the early 2000s, and my church experience as a kid was pretty awesome! I got to do all sorts exciting things with my church community while building my faith and serving others. It was a blast! If these references ring a bell, you might have been an SBC kid!

1. The pastor said the baptistry was "holy water," and it blew your mind how magical water was just casually in the sanctuary.

You secretly hoped one day the water might do something crazy like splash gold dust over everyone.

2. "VeggieTales" was a lifestyle.

For those who may not have grown up with this show, it's basically Bible stories being portrayed by vegetables, complete with boisterously loud songs and moral takeaways. You knew it was gonna be a good Sunday School class when the teacher rolled in the tv on wheels with the "Dave And The Giant Pickle" VHS tape. As we all know, "there's nevereverevereverever been a show like 'VeggieTales'!"

3. The line "shepherd of the sheep" in the closing benediction was always said by the pastor as one word, "shepherduvthuhsheep."

If your pastor had a thick Southern accent, the word-blending issue was much more prominent.

4. Your parents gave you money to put in the offering plate, but you were still super proud of yourself about it.

I get that there are no financially independent 6-year-olds, but still...

5. There was no escaping the endless hugs and handshakes at church.

This was especially true at youth group meetings, where no one knew how to hug in the first place but tried desperately to act normal about it.

6. You can sing every verse to every hymn in the Baptist Hymnal.

"How Great Thou Art" and "Blessed Assurance" were the go-tos, but your repertoire also consists of lesser known classics such as "Ancient Words" and "Majesty." You're basically a walking "Top 100 Hymns" Spotify playlist.

7. Bible drills brought out the worst in you.

Even if you didn't have a competitive personality, you would rather hear "Onward Christian Soldiers" on repeat for the rest of your life than let your opponent find that Scripture first.

8. If it involved your church, there was almost always food.

And there were always unspoken rules about blessing said food. For instance, you never had to bless breakfast, it was optional to bless lunch, but dinner and all meals eaten in a public restaurant MUST be blessed. Why? No one knows.

9. Getting your church outfit approved by one or both parents was mandatory.

As you got older, this was for purposes of modesty but as a child, this rule was all about mom getting the biggest bow on planet earth in your hair.

10. They told you the purple stuff in the communion cup was grape juice, but you were always low-key scared they were lying.

"What if this is wine?! I can't be a drunk kid in church!"

Most Christian kids have some funny misconceptions about the way that God, Scripture, and church all works together. But, in the end, adult Christians should learn to be like these children. Wide-eyed and constantly inquisitive about our Father and everything He says about us.

"He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'" — Matt. 18:2-4

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God's Letter To The Struggling College Christian

Don't give up on me because I haven't given up on you
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Dear Struggling College Christian,

Life can be tough, especially in college; you're at that age where you're not exactly an adult but also no longer a child.

You're somewhere in between, possessing just enough freedom to do what you want while still being held responsible for the decisions you make about your future. You're always stressed out. You're going to get hurt, you're going to feel like dropping out or changing your mind, and you're even going to want to turn your back on me, your God, but I want to tell you this: your suffering is not in vain.

SEE ALSO: I Am Christian Millennial And I Do Not Hate You

I want you to know that everything you are going through is a lesson. It's all building you into a better person, a better you. The things you've asked of me, the things you've told me you wanted – those are things you have to be prepared for and you still need a bit of tweaking.

The future, though bright, isn't all sunshine and roses.

The path has twists and turns, cracks are in it, fallen logs in your way, and most of the time you're not going to be able to see straight ahead of you. The weather is going to be unpredictable. The hailstorm is going to knock you off your feet and the twisters are going to send you spinning into confusion, exhaustion, and doubt.

But with the strength that I am trying to build up in you, you'll find that you know exactly where to find shelter when the storms break down your door.

You'll find that the lessons you learn from trying times are exactly what you need to fulfill my plans for you. You've read Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28 hundreds of times, but there is a verse in the Bible that you may have never paid attention to.

Ephesians 2:10. It reads: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

The most important part of this verse is one simple word: beforehand. So while you're crying and stressing about what job you're going to land after you graduate, if you're going to marry that person you've been with for years, or if you even want to be majoring in what you're currently majoring in, I already have a plan laid out specifically for you. You are my child, my creation and you have a purpose.

However, while knowing these things is great, it is all pointless if you don't do. So here's what I want you to do: do not give up. Have faith in me. You believe in me, so why not believe in me in your darkest moments? That's the reason you became a Christian, right?

Because I'm the one person you know that won't forsake you. You know that I love you, and you know that I'm here for you, so prove it. I know it can be hard when you're pulled in a lot of different directions by your social life, your academic life and your extracurricular activities not to mention your family life and your own personal sanity, but take a few minutes out of your day, every day, to talk to me.

Tell me your fears and your desires. Remember that you can ask me for and about anything. I'm always going to give you an answer, whether it's a yes, no, or not right now. After that, I want you to stop worrying and fight on through the darkness. You are stronger than you think.

My Child, enjoy yourself while you are young: don't stress over the things that you can't see. Don't give in to the depression, the anxiety, or the stress; things that are not of me. Don't let yourself forget about me or believe that I'm not there when I am and know that my plan is set in place for you.

All you have to do is walk in it. Trust that this is all for your good. But most importantly, remember that I love you unconditionally–at your worst and your best. Life can be tough, but you are tougher simply because you are mine.

I've got you,

God

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I'm 20 Years Old And Still Love Dying Easter Eggs

Who doesn't love this historic tradition?

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Easter has always been an important holiday in my household. It holds both the religious and family aspects. However, there is one tradition that I still hold very close to my heart.

My favorite part about Easter is getting to paint the eggs. Not an Easter has passed that my family hasn't partaken in it. I look forward to it each year, and it wouldn't be Easter without them.

Every year the designs become more and more intricate. The weeks leading up to Easter, I look up different designs on Pinterest in preparation for the "big day". Nothing can make me more excited about this holiday.

Now, that I'm away at college, we have to plan when these traditions will take place. It becomes hard trying to fit in a week's worth of stuff over one weekend, but this will not be missed.

Fitting an entire Easter dinner the night before Easter and dying eggs all in the same day, but it will be done. I love getting to become creative on such a silly thing.

In all the years I've been dying the eggs, I don't think I've ever actually eaten the egg after I've been too afraid to crack into the beautifully decorated egg. Also, hard-boiled eggs are not exactly appetizing to me either.

As I'm getting older, it's even more important that I carry on these traditions. Something so small as dying eggs holds a lot of meaning, and I enjoy having time put aside each year to spend it with my parents.

Going from a little kid who loved to drop the eggs in multiple color dye and drawing crazy pictures, to being in college and still wanting to continue on the tradition.

So yes, I'm 20 and still enjoy partaking in a little kid activity. Through my eyes though, it's so much more. It's carrying on a tradition and getting to spend time with my parents. I couldn't ask for anything better this Easter season.

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