Reflections on Faith and Community
In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.
Andrew S. Odom
Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. (Proverbs 22:6)
I’ve always found it fascinating that each generation seems to bemoan the qualities of the generations to follow. When I was a kid, we were thought of as the “bad kids.” We were the always in trouble, up to no good, can’t be trusted with anything generation. Movies like The Breakfast Club, a story about a bunch of misfit youth who are put in detention because they defied authority in some way, flooded the theaters. Today, the comments talk about how youth are lazy. “They just sit around glued to their phones,” it is said. “What are they good for?”
Well, I don’t believe it, not one bit. And if you were with us this Sunday, you got a glimpse of why I don’t believe the comments society makes about the young people of today. If Youth Sunday did anything for you, it surely had to instill hope for the future. Our incredible young people led us in a powerful experience of worship. God spoke through four of our graduating seniors as they preached on Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” With courage and conviction, they reminded us all of the permeating presence of God that is always with us and will not fail.
What I saw Sunday morning was the antithesis to what we often hear about young people today. What I saw was a group who invested their time and energy into helping us worship. What I saw was the hope that comes when a new generation begins to step up and share itself with the world. This is God’s gift to all of us, a hope that reminds us that there are good things to come. Thank you to all of the awesome youth at CCPC. You are a blessing.
Published on 02/17/2020 @ 8:42 PM CDT