It may seem hard to believe, but the United States average
high-school dropout rate is 25%.  1 in 4
students decide to leave before they finish. 
 The question is… what is
happening to stop this trend?  What are
schools doing to pursue those that want to call it quits?
The church faces a similar situation.  People coming to the end of their faith and
deciding that they just want to walk away from a God who seemingly doesn’t
care.  So what’s being done?  What is the family of God supposed to do when
one of their own drifts away? 
Pursue.  Lovingly… and with great
passion… go after those that have lost their way.  Scripture tells us in Matthew 18:12 “What
do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will
he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that
wandered off?”  We are to go after the
lost…the disillusioned…the confused…the broken…and the hurt.  They may be looking to drop out… and it’s
that very time that God commands us to step in. 
Sometimes all someone needs is the reassurance that things will get
better…and that God still cares.  Know
someone who’s walked away?  Today…without
hesitation…start the process of leading them back.   Both of you will be better for it. 

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