If we’re going to change communities, we first need to change people. And the people we need to reach most these days are young people. Our children need to be resilient and alert to face the challenges they encounter every day. As responsible adults, we have an obligation to guide them.
The next generation will need to be dynamic individuals, who think for themselves. They have to be individuals who make their own decisions deliberately as opposed to going along with the crowd. They must believe that they have a future with hope. And they need to be able to see their futures from where they stand in the streets and playgrounds of their neighborhoods.
What our children need are strong role models and mentors who are willing to share timeless wisdom. As role models, we need to lift up lessons from the past, lest they are forgotten. We, as role models, can have an influence on the future of our young people – not by power or might, but by the Spirit of the Lord.