Young People Need a Reason for Living

January 14, 2016

                 Young People Need a Reason for Living

We all need a reason for living, but it is especially important that young people have a good reason for living.  It enables them to get their life oriented so they can make the best of it.

Some young people have an inadequate reason for living.  In high school some young people live to get   attention.  This gives them a fame that is like a flame that soon burns out and they are forgotten.

A life without a reason is a life without a vision.  The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”   Young people without a noble reason for living are frustrated with life.  It has no meaning.  They are bored.

A life without a noble reason for living lacks motivation.  Young people have no desire to excel.  They don’t see that they will gain anything by it.  They ask, “What is there in it for me?”

A life without a noble reason for living doesn’t give satisfaction.  If one has no goals in life there will be few endeavors.  Without endeavors there will be few accomplishments.  Without accomplishments, there will be no satisfaction.

Young people need to see their potential.  An acorn has the potential of producing a forest.  A young person has the potential of producing an entire generation of benefactors to humanity.

The stigma of being a welfare recipient has been taken away.  As a result, young people are left with reason for thinking, “I’ll always have the option of applying for welfare benefits.” They don’t realize that that is taking something from humanity instead of contributing something to it. The welfare system is apt to collapse for lack of funds.  Young people need to be challenged to be givers, not takers. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

There are many young people, as well as adults, who live for selfish reasons.  The accumulation of wealth is their goal.   When young people give consideration to a career, their primary concern is “What pays the most?”  Their concern is not “How can I best serve those around me?” It is “How can I get rich quick?”  There is nothing wrong with making money.  It can be used to serve humanity.  Most occupations serve humanity in one way 0r another.  Life with the greatest satisfaction is that lived to serve others in some way.

Young people with no good reason for living are a burden to our schools.  They don’t want to be there.  They would prefer to stay home and play electronic games.  They have no desire to learn.  They graduate regardless of whether they have learned anything.  Then they are a burden to society.

The solution to the problem begins in the home. Parents need to instill in their children a reason for living.  A life with a noble reason for living starts with a love for God and a desire to serve him. Children also need to be taught to have moral integrity.  Without it they can easily yield to temptations that will bring them to shame and defeat.  Parents who have had the most success in instilling these values in their children are those who are genuine Christians.  They take their children to church regularly with them.  There they are taught to have a Christian world view and the proper relationship to God and those around them.

We serve God by serving others.  A life lived in service to God is a life that makes a tremendous contribution to the wellbeing of humanity.  Jesus broke the Ten Commandments down to two.  They are found in Mark 12:29-31.  “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:   And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.    And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

Children need to be taught to set their sails when they are young and impressionable.  They need to be taught to have a love for others and their country.  They need to be motivated to show love to the elderly and handicapped without thinking of getting anything in return.  Young man, young lady, do you have a good reason for living?  Parents, do your children have a good reason for living.  Reflect on this article.

 

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