In his book Thoughts for Young Men, J.C. Ryle wrote, "Youth is the seed-time of full age, the molding season in the little space of human life, the turning-point in the history of man's mind." In other words, what each of us will become later in life largely depends on what we become now. Are we taking that seriously?
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, the apostle Paul writes, "Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." (NIV).
We are convinced that the teen years are the primary time God has given us for "strict training." Are you thinking, "Strict training? You've got to be kidding!" Stick with me.
Proverbs 20:29 says, "The glory of young men is their strength." Did you catch that? At no time are we better positioned to decide who we will become. Our strength - sharp minds, energetic bodies, and flexible schedules - is our glory. We are not likely to have this same set of strengths ever again. By choosing to use our teen years for strict training, we can choose to set direction, develop character, and build momentum for an amazing future.
But what happens when we fail to use our teen years for strict training? What does a belly flop in real life look like? Unfortunately, it's not too difficult to find out.
A growing movement of young people is rebelling against low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God.
Let's combat the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility and redefine it as a launching pad of life.
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