We must be their biggest cheerleaders. We must encourage them: our children, our youth and our future.
Sadly I must confess I have heard it said countless times that our children are destined to fail. I personally don’t believe this to be true. We, who have lived long enough to gain some wisdom ourselves, as with clarity, have a responsibility to do everything within our power to help turn their lives around. Our children need direction and guidance. For believers, the bible admonishes us to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he won’t depart from it. This is just good, sound principles to live by anyway.
The word of God tells us that the older women should teach the younger women and the older men teach the younger men. We can no longer turn our heads to the cries of our young. We can no longer hide our heads in the sand while our young people are going totally astray due to the fact that we won’t step up to the plate and do our part. God’s focus is on people and our children, our youth, and our young adults are our future and are destined for greatness. It only happens when we do our part.
You may ask what I can do. How can I teach and do this when I can’t even reach my own child? That’s the beauty in it; when we give it out to other young people, God (or the universe as some say) will make sure that someone will come along at the right time and do for ours what we cannot do. The village shows up.
Let’s turn this thing around and leave a legacy that will last for generations to come.
Simple steps each of us can take--
1. Be compassionate. Keep the lines of communication open. Deal with or address issues but please do not attack the individual. Words can either build or tear down. Speak lovingly. Chastise when needed but always do it out of love. Attacks are a form of verbal abuse. Be a lifter and a builder.
2. Be honest. Everyone can tell when you’re not being truthful. Give an honest assessment of the situation.
3. Be real. Don’t forget where you have been. When teaching you are actually hoping to reach the person. Share some of your past struggles. Let them know we’re all human and can overcome anything.
4. Be a problem solver. This requires utilizing active listening skills. First, identify what the problem is and then offer sound, biblical as well as practical ideas for resolving the issue.
5. Be concerned. A true believer is concerned about the overall welfare of all. Show it in how you deal with the person.
6. Take the initiative. Reach out to our young. Don’t be afraid. Reach out to someone that appears to be struggling or in need.
7. Be a person of character. Walk the walk that you talk. Don’t be a “do as I say person”. Be the example.
Today I pledge to--
1. Commit to be a teacher to all I encounter
2. Uplift and encourage each and every youth and young adult placed in my path
3. Assist in whatever way I can (knowing my limitations)
4. Show, speak and do out of love
5. Better myself by being the example
6. Support churches, non-profits, schools and organizations that deals with the betterment of our young
7. Operate completely out of love and no fear