Last Friday night, I attended a youth service in Birmingham, AL where hundreds of students participated in the service, using their talents and gifts for God. This week, I am in Southern Ohio, speaking to about 150 high school students and sharing God’s love with them. It’s summer church camp and it is awesome. It is another reminder to me that not all of the teens in America are bad.
In a world where it seems the generation behind me (I can’t believe I just said that – sounds old) continues down a path of poor decision making (probably the same was said about my generation) it is so refreshing to see so many students hungry and thirsty for the things of God. They are searching and longing for a real experience with the supernatural. Something, Someone that is greater than anything or anyone they have every met. And I am so glad they are experiencing Him this week.
Some might would say, “that’s what happens at camp” and they are right. And for some the experiences will change their lives forever. They will connect with God and they will give their lives wholly and completely to Him. They will go home and commit to following Him, no matter what the cost.
I even pause and think about my own two children. Both of them, love God and in spite of the challenges going on around them, they continue to show a soft heart that responds to God and His presence. I am very proud of them.
And for the record, I realize their are some really good kids out there that haven’t made a decision for Christ. They have values and good morals. They are kind and hospitable. They are turning out to be quality young adults. And that is great. It is unfortunate that all of that will not be sufficient on the day they stand before God.
But with so many students giving their lives to serve Christ, it’s very encouraging that they can reach their generation and impact their culture for the better. I have been reminded this week, “not all of them are bad.” It has been a good week.