the Complex worldof early adulthood
Why Young Adults Need Guidance
grOwing up, As we hAve
already noted,is never easy. Growing up during the emerging-adult season, however,can be an amazing adventure, one that presents surprising plotlines andintriguing new characters. Still, upon closer examination, even the mostpositive stories about the emerging-adult years contain evidence of apowerful longing for spiritual companionship, community and guid-ance on the journey. Jon and Sarah met and fell in love at the Christian college theyattended.
Soon after graduation they were married. One of them grewup in a stable Christian home while the other did not. Driven by a shareddesire to make a difference in the film world, they relocated to Holly-wood, hoping to be the aroma of Christ in this unique mission field.Though finding work didn’t take long, being so far away from familywasn’t easy, and finding a church that fit them in this unique stage of their lives took three years of on-and-off searching. Weekends foundthem exploring the distinctive landscape and attractions of California.Friends were envious of their life—as much for its adventure as for itsimpact on nonbelievers. They might have stayed longer, but family con-cerns motivated them to move back to the Midwest toward the end of their twenties.Once back, Jon and Sarah had new decisions to make, such as whatthe next season of their life would look like. They had pursued their
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