Yesterday I started our teaching session by helping teenagers understand the power of direction. There's no magic to goal setting, but it's necessary to have some sort of direction in your life, in order that you don't wind up just in the ebb and flow of whatever the world throws at you.
I don't mean you have to plan out the rest of your life, and have 5 year, 10 year, and 20 year goals; but it only makes sense to take life by the horns and start working on understanding the gifts God gave you, and how you want to implement those gifts into your whole life.
My book this year is called, "Where are you going?" It came to me as I was driving down the highway, probably lost, when all of the sudden that old Dave Matthews song started playing on the radio. I stopped on the side of the road, and started thinking….
I wonder how many teenagers even engage in ideas about their future.
I mean, I know they think about where they want to go to school, what they're going to eat, and who they want to date; but how many of them are actively seeking a place where they can hone in on their gifts.
I wonder if some of the issues with suicide, teenage drinking, teen pregnancy, and some of the other traditional things we give to teenagers as failures, can be curbed if we just spend time trying to find those things that fan into flame a future of bright success?
Paul said, "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function," (Romans 12:4) Maybe it's time we focus on the gifts of every person individually, and try to make up a whole body.
How fun would it be to have a group of teenagers, able to see and respect each other's gifts, and have a 'one body' view. The focus of that group, well…it would change the world.