I think we tend to think of the youth of today as a lost cause. Often times, it seems as if they’re all disrespectful and ungrateful, and sometimes they are.
Is it any wonder they’re in the shape they’re in? I mean, we, as a society, have coddled them, and given them so much that they think they deserve everything. Most of them come from broken homes, where they are left on the back burner as their parents start the dating process. Often times, we are not the best role models, then we’re furious when our kids screw up. I’m not putting anyone down or judging anyone; I’m included in this group!
Sometimes when we encounter “bad” kids, it’s easy to want nothing to do with them, or to dislike them. I’ve been that youth leader who had rather those “bad” kids not even show up to church because they were disturbing our “good” kids. Then, when MY kid turned out to be one of “those” kids, God really gave me a spiritual butt kicking! I realized then that it was those so called “bad” kids we should want to minister to the most! I realized that we should be teaching our kids, who are more spiritually mature, how to reach out to those who weren’t instead of telling them to stay away from them. Of course we should teach them to set boundaries, but so many times, we teach our kids to stay away from the “bad” ones, essentially telling them that they’re better than them. That’s nowhere near what Jesus did.
Jesus sat and talked with the woman at the well. The woman who had many husbands (John 4). I doubt He would’ve went into a secluded place alone with her, but He certainly wasn’t afraid something she had would rub off on Him. Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery when everyone else wanted to stone her (John 7 & 8). Jesus hung out with tax collectors, and hardly anyone liked them!
I realize that we’re not Jesus, and we can’t put ourselves in certain situations with certain people, and neither can our kids; but we have to start doing a better job at teaching our youth to love those who aren’t easily loved! We can’t keep losing our youth to the things of this world.
Yesterday, as I was going through McDonald’s drive through, the young man at the window noticed my t-shirt that said “energized by Jesus”. He commented on it and told me he liked it. I thought that was sweet, and that he was most likely making small talk. Then he went on to say, “You know, Paul says it’s in Him that I live and move and breathe.” Right then, I knew that was anything but small talk! This young man was an unashamed believer! I almost teared up. How nice to see and hear a young person living out his faith! I assured him that I agreed, and that I’d be a complete idiot without Jesus!
That, and the barbecue ranch burger made my day! I love how God works! And I love being reminded that the youth of today are not a lost cause! The youth of today are well worth investing in! Even the “bad” ones!
These older women must train the younger women to live quietly, to love their husbands and their children, 5 and to be sensible and clean minded, spending their time in their own homes, being kind and obedient to their husbands so that the Christian faith can’t be spoken against by those who know them. Titus 2:4-5
In the same way, urge the young men to behave carefully, taking life seriously. And here you yourself must be an example to them of good deeds of every kind. Let everything you do reflect your love of the truth and the fact that you are in dead earnest about it. Titus 2:6-7