A Youthful Fight Not to Lose

“Are you healing or fighting?”

As I listen to young people about their personal interests, goals, and challenges, I am reminded of my own insecurities at their age. There is a desire to find where one fits. I view the youth as a determined body to make a positive difference in the lives of their families and communities. Given access, they can make a positive difference. In spite of opposition, they are some of the most incredible people in the earth. That is why the enemy is trying to divert them.

God loves children (Matthew 19:14). The Scriptures speak of young peoples’ strength and intelligence. Do we put their youthfulness at risk? Do we act as wise elders? Do we pray as true intercessors for them – praying God’s will for their lives or do we pray our will for their lives?

Young peoples’ gifts can globally move hearts and minds. Their world is one of greater outreach than previous generations. They can bring life and vitality to any organization. When that life is not allowed to spiritually flourish, the result is spiritual death. Why? Often, we fail to see how we can positively support and make a spiritual difference for all. We strain at the gnat and swallow the camel. For example, churches become lifeless when youth are ignored and forced to observe demanding rituals. They tell us that by their absence or lack of involvement. Their voice is loud! But do we hear them when they tell us that this leads them to question leadership and find other sources in which they will fit. That youthful vitality is then used by other systems. Instead of leading by love and understanding, too often, the youth are ostracized by those who have made a promise to God to act as healing partners in the land.

Do we despise their youthful ways? Do we appreciate the scripture that says, – Give it your all! “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1Timothy 4:12. 

Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old,” says Job 12:12. Can we continue to be so blind that we refuse to support youth in our servant leadership role? Can we afford to continue to not listen to theirr hearts? #servantleadership

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