A lot of people complain about the younger generation. They use generalizations like “these kids are lazy, selfish, and only sit around playing video games all day.” That might be true of some children, but what I see are those that are generous, smart, and kids who want to help others. Let me introduce you to a couple:
First there’s nine-year-old Lauren Petty who has to use a wheelchair. She has spent several times in the hospital for various health issues. With the help of a GoFundMe page, she collected money and stuffed animals to give to the kids at the hospital. This is a child who has a reason to complain or to sit around in front of a computer screen. Instead, she helps others. If you’d like to see more, go to http://www.gofundme.com/InspiredByLauren.
Have you heard about fourteen-year-old Damon Williams? You soon will. He’s an investor who is worth approximately fifty thousand dollars. Yes, fourteen-years-old. When I was fourteen, the last thing I was thinking about was the stock market. John-Paul Pigeón is another fourteen-year-old investor who lives in Texas. He’s also a motivational speaker. You can see John-Paul’s story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuE0Rgg8Pr0 or watch Damon’s below:
And while the other kids were playing, these kids from a Staten Island elementary school spent time learning a song so they could serenade their teacher who has cancer. If you choose to check out the video, you might want to make sure you have tissue handy. http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/tears-flow-kids-serenade-teacher-fighting-cancer/story?id=32621333
What is the difference between these children and those who get into trouble? Most of the time, it comes down to parenting. Proverbs 22:6 states, Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Raise your kids in the way of Jesus, and most of the time, they will not stray too far.
I’m ashamed to say that a lot of people in my own age group don’t have the veracity or the kindness of these children. They also seem to be the ones who grumble the most about the next generation.
When you see this type of behavior from younger people, the future doesn’t appear so bleak. We need to pray that they continue to grow in their pursuits because these are the future leaders of this country. And what a country it will be if they continue on this same path.
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