Just Kids

“Encouraging the Young should never become old”. 

This statement was taken from Our Daily Bread, December 7th daily devotional.  The thought was focused on how many times youth is minimized as not having as much value to those of an older age.  Most of the heroes we see in our history were men and women of very young years but very mature hearts. 

I have found that those of us of with longer time on this earth forget that Passion pervades when we are young.  Life is an adventure waiting to happen for us when we are young.  Optimism and longing to “get the show on the road” was what propelled us to be successes in our lives.  To discount the power, bravery and creativity of youth is foolish.  They hold the advances, the imagination and boundless energy which will mold and change our world for the better in their hands. 

The worst thing a adult of any age can do to our children and young adults is to burden them with our pessimistic view of the world that many times we’ve allowed ourselves to become mired in.  We, as older adults, have chosen to throw away our dreams, to become cynical with the changes we see in the world that we may not necessarily agree with. And often times we pass our despair and feelings of hopelessness onto this beautiful optimistic growing generation.  They look to us for guidance and encouragement.  But often are responded to with dismissal and cynicism.  If you received this type of feedback from your parents and the older generation around you as you were growing up, all I can say is “I’m sorry”.  For you obviously were not given the proper attention and encouragement that was due you.  Yes, I believe that young people are due parental love and respect and the encouragement and wisdom of those much older then them.

History has shown that even if a child grows up in a difficult home life, by having just one adult that cared about them, their youthful successes, and their dreams of the future, this child grows up to be a strong, thriving adult.  We owe it to today’s youth to give guidance, encouragement, and love so they will have a step-up in life.  The world is a harsh and sometimes cruel place to live, so we must do everything we can to help our young people be as confident in themselves as they can be.  It’s our moral obligation to be proper role-models for our children, our young people.  Are you living a good example for the youth around you? 

I always like to say “words are cheap” it’s your actions that tell the real story about you.  What stories are you creating in your life.  Will it be great legacy to your time here on earth or will it be a tale of tragedy?

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