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!

  1. Caleb Gage says:

    Thanks for that Antz. That’s also an area I’m struggling in. You’re not the only one 🙂

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