Our greatest assets for the future
By GARY ANDREWS
Our greatest assets for the future are our today’s youth. We, as adults, have the responsibility to nurture and train our youth in values, morals, integrity, responsibility, ethics and optimism.
There is a Chinese Proverb that goes like this; “All the flowers of all the tomorrow’s are in the seeds of today.”
I am a product of the sixties and the hippie movement. I saw first-hand when the youth of the country starting rebelling against all authority and renouncing all they were ever taught. If it feels good do it! That was the saying of the day and most of the sixties youth participated in it.
Probably some of the problems we are experiencing today are because of the training the youth of the sixties have given their own teenagers of today. Times have changed. We as parents of today may have waited too late to realize that we don’t have the answer to every problem and that just possibly our parents were smarter that we thought.
A lot of problems in society today are because of our low morals, unethical values, lack of discipline, and no desire for what the future holds. Maybe our parents didn’t care enough to discipline us in the ways we needed it most. Remember what King Solomon told us in Proverbs 13:24; “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”
Now that we are parents and the adults trying to maintain a trouble free environment for our children, we wish that our younger years could have been more of listening and learning instead of rebelling and doing what felt good.
For me, I am an optimist. I don’t feel it is too late to pave a good road for a brighter future for the young people of America and the world. We need to bring our morals and ethics up to standard and then pass on to our children the idea of doing things right the first time. We need to act and talk positive. Let’s be more energetic about the future and teach them the values of what life should be about.
More optimism and good positive feedback is what our youth need. They need to feel good about themselves and the road they are travelling on. They need to have sense of direction and a destination that will provide them a safe comfort zone when they have achieved it. Let’s teach them the difference between right and wrong!
Even though we can’t correct the mistakes we have made in our past we can help someone younger than we are from making the same mistakes. It is up to us as to what the future holds for America and the entire world. The seeds that we are planting today determine how pretty and bright the flowers of tomorrow are going to be!
Prayer: Thank you Father for all you have allowed me to have. Help me seek your face in all that I do for without you I am nothing. Help me to be a good example for our youth today and to teach them about you and your Saving Grace. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday – Exodus 32:17-35; Monday – Matthew 19:16-30; Tuesday – 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Wednesday – Psalm 20:6-8; Thursday – Ephesians 4:1-6; Friday – Philippians 1:3-6; Saturday – Proverbs 5:11-14.)
Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website www.gadevotionals.com.