Have you heard that kids -- especially teenagers -- are stupid? I have. I've heard that their brains are still forming and they aren't capable of making good decisions.
And then I remember that the Apostles were teenagers. A group of teenage boys completely changed the world. That is compelling. there is a book I want to purchase for my kids and have them read. It's called Do Hard Things, A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. I want to read this too. I like the message and I believe the message to be true.
Yes, kids are stupid. They are growing and changing all the time. I know both of my children, my daughter especially, become clumsy as they go through some of their growth spurts. It is part of the process of growing. Having your feet get larger and kicking everything in your way. Getting taller and hitting your head on things you never used to have a problem with. Learning what your "new" body is like.
Yes, kids can be stupid because their brain is still growing and learning so much about the world. Yet, we never really stop learning, do we. To a 40 year old, a 20 year old is a baby. To a 50 year old, a 30 year old -- even a 40 year old -- still has so much to learn about the world and the way things work. Experience is the best teacher and you simply cannot borrow as much as we might want to from the history of others. (though the Bible does tell us "a word to the wise is sufficient").
I believe, that despite these areas where growth is still occuring, teens have an untapped vision and passion that cannot be daunted by conventional wisdom. We need to hold onto that faith in possibillities. We need to encourage them that anything is possible! Doesn't God tell us all things are possible with Him? That He can do immeasurably more than we could ever think or imagine?! That is HUGE!
Then I think of God's encouragement that we should come to Him as little children. Willing to hear what our Father has to say and believe Him to be truthful. Children generally don't second guess their Father (ok, honestly, my children second guess me all the time... but I like the idea that there are children who believe their parents. Mine have just learned to question so much.)
How do we live as children? Believing God sized dreams full of possibility? Where do we stand? Where do you stand?
I know that I will be encouraging my children more in the future that anything is possible. To pray and ask God what His plans are for their future and believe that with Him...ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!
I'm kind of excited!