This morning I had the privilege of speaking at the chapel service of our local Tri-County Christian school. I’ll admit that it wasn’t an easy assignment. You try coming up with something that will keep the attention of grades ranging from K-12.
We all read Matthew 26:36-44 together and I spoke on the subject of surrending yourself completely to God’s will. I talked about the “nevertheless” way of living. That idea comes from Christ’s garden of Gethsemane prayer: “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” If those young people could just get hold of that concept right there, I will have accomplished much this morning.
After I left the school, I found myself thinking about Ecclesiastes 12:1: “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.'” As for the days of my own youth, I remembered my Creator to some degree, but my track record was a few billion miles from being perfect. My prayer for the kids of Tri-County Christian school is that their efforts at serving the Lord during their younger days will far outdo anything previous generations have done.
In the end, much of what today’s kids do or don’t do will depend upon what kind of mentoring and guidance they receive from us adults. That’s why we must never stop remembering our Creator, no matter how old we get. For one thing, God desires the obedience. For another, we need the blessings that come from such obedience. And for another, our young people need the role models. You see, it’s a win-win-win situation. So, adult, I ask you: What kind of a role model are you? Think about it.