The greatest thinkers throughout time have understood the criticality of youth development. They knew that to ignore the responsibility of mature adults toward the upcoming youth would be disastrous. Consider the following quotes:
“I go to school the youth to learn the future.” -Robert Frost
“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. -Aristotle
“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.” -Martin Luther
“Whosoever neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.” -Euripides
“We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.” -Benjamin Disraeli
“2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. 5 He [God] decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. 8 They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.” (Psalm 78:2-8) – GOD
Teens have different needs than mature adults. They have a need for speed, they are impatient and they are passionate. They rightly demand proof of what is taught. Relevance is everything. They are at the critical juncture between childhood and adulthood- a molten fusion that will either produce gold or a cold block of impurities. Solid leadership will take them through this crucible of testing and will result in a powerful, God-driven generation.
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