Archive for April, 2007

It’s a bird…Its a plane!

Posted: 23 April, 2007 in My thoughts

“All men think of themselves as some kind of low level superheros in their own world. When men are growing up and they’re reading about Batman, Spiderman, Superman,.. these aren’t fantasizes. These are OPTIONS!”
Jerry Seinfeld

The truth is, that we all need heros – whether you are concious about it or not, you have someone, or probably a few people who you admire and look up to and want to imitate. Whilst, as Christians, our ultimate rolemodel is the Lord Jesus, we do have others who we would like to become like as we grow older. They inspire us, and give us something to work towards. The danger with this is that, as we know, people aren’t perfect, and it’s often very disappointing when a hero makes a mistake, proving that they’re still only human. Fortunately, I think that as we grow up, we become more mature in our understanding of human depravity, and we are able to deal with our heros making mistakes. When I was younger, I used to look up to guys my age and want to be like them. I used to think that they were just the best – the epitome of “cool”. This memory brings to mind another plausible reason for this maturity: believe it or not, we ourselves are starting to learn what it is like to be someone’s hero. Chances are, there’s some little kid out there, who thinks that you can’t do wrong! The wheel has turned, whether you are aware of it or not, someone is looking up to you.

Mat 18:6 “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Like it, or not – this does place a rather large responsibilty on you. You’re actions no longer affect just you. You could be setting a major stumbling block in the way of someone else. I dont think that its a stretch to assume that the opposite is also true. What you do in your position as Batman, Bubbles or Neo can cause major harm and condemnation, but you can also use your superhero status to help set a godly standard for younger kids, which I’m sure can only follow with blessings!

I’ve seen a quote used by Jessica I think – “We are the ones we have been waiting for” Thats true – we can indeed be the rolemodels we would have liked to have as younger kids.

Pray about your role as a teen, especially in a young church like BBC – its our turn to grow up and set the pace for people younger than us. I am of the opinion that in many respects, we (those of you my age) are in the best years of our lives. We can interact with kids in many ways that adults and even parents can’t – our age is unique!

You really do have more influence as a christian teen than you think – how will you use it?

 

 

 

 

 

The Days of Our Youth

Posted: 1 April, 2007 in Theology

This week, part of my reading was Ecclesiastes 12. I was really struck by what The Preacher had written there, not because I didn’t already know it, but simply because it made so much sense.

He says:

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, and the doors on the street are shut–when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low–they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets–before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

Here, The Preacher really encourages young people to take hold of the opportunity they have while they are still young to really give their all to God. We are free from so many of the stresses of life which will besiege us later on that we have ample time, talent, and energy which can be employed in the service of the Lord! We needn’t conform to the worldly model of “teenager”-a selfish, unenthusiastic, unhelpful, self-conscious slob! We can display our gratitude to the Lord for saving us so young by employing these years in his service. I realized that whilst the bulk of this service is in the form of ministries like AWANA etc, that needn’t, infact oughtn’t be the place where it stops. As Neil has urged our youth group many times – we should be a driving force in the church. A good influence on younger kids, an encouragement to the elderly, and enthusiastic participants in worship as well as general help wherever possible.

I was really convicted this week when I was at church and I was kicking a ball around with some friends. I hadn’t even noticed that there was work to be done, when an older guy said to me in jest, “how can you be playing with the ball when there is work to be done – thats really bad…” I knew he was teasing, but it was true nonetheless¬† – I had failed to notice an opportunity to be of service to others around me.

Can you imagine what we could accomplish as young people if we didn’t adopt the selfish label the world has given us and spent ourselves to the full while we still can?

I have noticed a big jump in the amount of work I have in grade 11 compared to grade 10, and if this is the case, its not too long before I wont have any spare time at all. I cannot afford to waste these years of relative freedom God has given me!