“You who are young, make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor. Follow the impulses of your heart. If something looks good to you, pursue it. But know also that not just anything goes; You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.” Ecclesiastes 11:9
We hear news reports of teenagers out of control, in trouble with gang activities, stealing, bullying, drugs, and defiant behavior toward authority. And, then you have the kids that will be the leaders of this great country because they have interests and passions for what they do and are okay with who they are.
Yesterday, I met two teens—14-and-15-year old brothers. They are helping their father remove an 8 x 10-foot shed I no longer need on my property. I was impressed with their ability to use tools, to communicate how they should approach the project, and the joyful spirit in which they worked.
We adults need to lift up the beauty and good in young people. Not all kids have the advantage of being raised by parents with good values who help steer their children into activities that will help them mature into adulthood. My brothers and I were given the same benefit of good parenting as are Hunter and Caleb. Through these boys, and other young people I know, I am most hopeful that the youth of today will become the strong, caring adults of tomorrow.
Lord, protect the youth of today and guide them into meaningful adulthood. Amen.