Remember when you were a kid and your parents, and all your parents friends, and, like, every adult seemed to talk to you like you were a kid? They’d talk about you in front of you, they’d think everything you did was “just so cute!” unless it was “so immature!” And no one ever took you seriously. I hated that. Especially when I became a teenager and all I wanted was to be respected, but all I felt like I was, was misunderstood. I remember feeling like that and promising myself to never look down on kids when I became an adult.
I feel like this generation of people has a pretty good handle on the fact that underestimating kids is a huge mistake. When you underestimate them, you belittle them and dumb them down; and when you dumb them down, they dumb themselves down.
Instead, I’ve seen a youth revolution in the past 5 years. I’ve seen youth standing up, on their own, to bullying and to peer pressure and to conformity. I’ve seen youth standing up for Jesus Christ, preaching to gospel to each other and spurring one another on in Spirit and truth. I’ve seen youth worship God with abandon, and take up their cross each day to constantly live missionally.
These sights are the embodiment of Jesus, and such an encouragement to me. I sometimes wonder what I could have achieved in my youth, or what higher standard I could have set for myself, if I’d had the influence and encouragement that these youth give me, as an adult, today. And then I wonder, what can I do to positively impact the lives of today’s youth so that each of them can grow up and be exactly what God made them to be? I think that’s one of the most important things we can do.
I know I won’t live forever. Someday, I will die and I’ll take my ability to walk and talk and preach the gospel with me. But if I can pass-on what God has taught me, if I can disciple even just one youth, I will have done something to further the Kingdom past my time.
I want to be the kind of role model that would encourage kids to do better than they think they can, do better than what they see on TV or in school, to live their lives in worship of the Creator and walk about in the freedom of salvation by the grace of our King. I want to be useful to God in that way, and I think we all should be. Isn’t that along the lines with “making disciples of all nations?”
You may have seen this, but if not, watch it now and get motivated.
This video has been circulating the Internet for only about a week and it already has over 1 million views. And the message from this highly observant and wise-beyond-his-years kid, is pure encouragement to go out and be awesome and change the world. The best way I can change my world is to be a positive role model to those around me and pour Scripture and truth and love and grace and respect into youth: society’s future.
Written By: Christie Walker,
Cypress UMC Communications Department