it was funny in one of my developmental psychology classes where there was talk of lengthening the span of adolescence from puberty to 25! Seriously- 25- I had my fourth child at 25. i was technically still a teenager when i got married at 19.
then this morning i was reading in the book of Daniel and i realized again how young some of the people in the Bible were when they were “living” for God. Mary was probably 12-15 when she had Jesus. Daniel was 15-18 when he was in training in Babylon along with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. David was also not an “adult” when he killed Goliath (probably 15-18). Josiah was a king at the age of eight. it talks in verse two right after it informs us that he was 8 when he became king that, “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” (2 Kings 22:2)
if a person is walking with the Lord and is growing in His wisdom then old age and the wisdom from that are wonderful. but oh to live with the faith of our youth. bold, passionate, and stupid for God! this knowledge gets me excited about helping light that fire to my four sweet “stupid” kiddos. it also should change majorly our view of children’s and youth ministry. that is where the fire and passion lie. that is where they will learn to live a life boldly for God. if they learn then to walk by faith and that God has used many young people to lead and accomplish great things then they will learn to seek and accomplish great things for Him.
this is one of the reasons that i love youth and kids. there is so much potential in that one little child that just needs to be pointed to the Savior. In Psalm 89:1 it says,”I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. ” let’s encourage their uninhibited faith, love, and daring boldness for God now. and let us always, no matter how old we are, be learning ways to pass on God’ faithfulness to all generations.
(if kids 20 years from now think it’s cool to sing hyms with an organ then i will be in a church with an organ singing hyms with them. 🙂 )