Spirit– Mo­ti­vat­ing the youth

Pas­tor Pushie Wat­son says be a pos­i­tive IN­FLU­ENCE on youth.

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We can and should be in­ten­tion­ally shap­ing our fu­ture, and that of our youth.

When I was grow­ing up in Liberia, life was pretty straight­for­ward. You woke up, you went to school, you came home, you played out­side, you had a bath, you ate din­ner, you went to sleep, and you re­peated the whole rou­tine the next day. I grew up in a very se­cure en­vi­ron­ment that moulded me into a rel­a­tively con­fi­dent child. My par­ents raised us in a way that af­forded me the op­por­tu­nity to blos­som into all that God cre­ated me to be. I was con­fi­dent that there was noth­ing I could not do or be if I put my mind to it. I was very con­tent with who I was, be­cause I had love. Not money. Love. Safe love. Love that gave me a sense of ac­cep­tance and be­long­ing. In this at­mos­phere, my dreams had no lim­i­ta­tions. My sense of self came from within my home. It was not un­til my young adult life that I ever heard that I “could not” be­cause of cir­cum­stances be­yond my do­ing, such as my race, eth­nic­ity, gen­der, cul­ture or back­ground but by then, hon­estly, it was too late. The be­lief that I could achieve what­ever I set my heart to was al­ready deeply en­graved in my core. It could take me longer than de­sired, but I would achieve it none­the­less.

Our chil­dren are grow­ing up in a to­tally dif­fer­ent time to­day. The alarm on the phone wakes the kids up, and they may quickly check their so­cial me­dia. They could, per­haps, be at an ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity where they are re­quired to use tablets and ac­cess the In­ter­net, or they may go on to What­sapp or Snapchat dur­ing their break. Things are changing so rapidly. We live in a co­nun­drum of move­ment, in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy, all within our grasp. Young peo­ple are in­un­dated with a myr­iad of images and in­flu­ences from all over the globe. Their home is not the sole source of their in­flu­ence. These are not the days of our youth. Thre has never been a greater need for us to re­main rel­e­vant in an over-ex­posed world. Be­cause the “vil­lage” is no longer rais­ing our kids any­more, the world is. And what is the world say­ing? Can our kids hear us among the clat­ter of end­less chat­ter through the air­waves? My be­lief: yes, most def­i­nitely, and ab­so­lutely. Our voice can and must be heard. It is said that what­ever you sur­round your­self with is what you will be­come; that the peo­ple in your present life are a mir­ror of the po­ten­tial of your fu­ture. I be­lieve that we can and should be in­ten­tion­ally shap­ing our fu­ture, and that of our youth. I in­tend to be the loud­est voice in my chil­dren’s ear, a voice of pur­pose and di­rec­tion in the ears of our youth and young adults in the church, and a voice of hope and de­ter­mi­na­tion through the me­dia and pub­lic plat­forms for youth around the world. I will not leave the fu­ture of our youth to who­ever wants it. And this is what I want to say to them:

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