The future is in good hands with our youth

Nov 13, 2012

About the time a person can lose hope in America, it can be restored in an instant. With the onslaught of negativity surrounding the elections lately, I was feeling that we had no chance of pulling out of the crash course we seemed destined for.

And, to make matters worse, I am like millions of other parents who are worried about the future of this great nation for our children. As many of you may know, I have been blessed with four children, three girls and a boy. Over the past year or so, I have been wondering how in the world they are going to make it in a world so full of hatred and evil.

Since my children and the future of America, Haywood County, and the rest of the world, has been portrayed in such a negative light lately, it has left me wondering how they will ever make it.

But, just like he always does, God had a special message for me.

As I attended church on Sunday, I could just feel my cloud of uncertainty being washed away. Again, I’m not sure if it’s just me or if I am just getting more sensitive to these types of things, but God answered my questions with a resounding answer.

And, it came from the exact people I worry about the most…our youth.

The church service this week was led by the youth at Longs Chapel. They were so full of genuine love and celebrated that love with us with such innocence that it just cleansed my worries. I kept thinking, do they even know how difficult it is going to be for them? Do they think about what it will be like for them to fit into this world? But, as they kept leading us in service, that thought was supplanted by their infectious joy and innocence. It just kept pouring over me, one wave at a time.

I’m telling you, this was one of those Sundays where you leave church and think, “now that’s what I’m talking about!”

Then, I opened an email from my oldest daughter that had a link to her blog. She is about to go on a mission trip, and she has attached a link to her blog. When I clicked on it, I was again reinforced with the notion that these kids just “get it.” She explains how she credits God for her understanding people better, and for the miracle of keeping me alive. But, the most impressive thing about her blog was the fact that she didn’t mention any worries. She instead used three simple words that can be found throughout the Bible. She simply put, “Here I am.”

That’s it.

It’s somewhat embarrassing that I had to hear and learn this from these youngsters. But, it’s obvious they understand at such a young age that God is waiting for you at every turn - during every crisis, and is there for you to lean on whenever you need.

It’s something we sometimes forget as we get more “seasoned.” And, it’s certainly something we can easily forget when we go through an election like the one we just encountered. But, through it all, these young children of God lose no sleep, or change their demeanor. They simply reach a little further into their hearts and pour out their innocence and love.

For me, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

 

 

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