What’s the big deal about young people being responsible?

July 10, 2008

First I must confess that my oldest son and I have finished reading the first 3 chapters of Do Hard Things!  Peyton is 10 and has really enjoyed the book so far.  He may participate with us in the discussion. 

Second, has anyone stopped to think after reading any of the book, “What’s the big deal about young people being responsible?” “Why is this so important?”  In his book titled, The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen, Robert Epstein said had the following to say about the importance of responsibility,

In a word, it’s because responsibility brings out our best.  Responsibility is a powerful motivator.  It makes us push ourselves harder, perform better, and care more.  Without responsibility, most people turn to jelly (pg. 284).

Not only is this the case, but Dr. Epstein quotes studies that confirm “Young people who have learned to handle responsibility are more effective in their lives…[and] that the younger we are when we learn to handle responsibility, the greater the sense of social responsibility we have as teens” (pg. 285). 

Responsibility elicits the best from children, young adults, and adults.  It seems as if it can be compared to the carrot on the stick before the donkey.  It is there before us, beckoning us closer, to push harder, perform better, and to care more for others rather than ourselves.  

In quoting M. Scott Peck (as found in Dr. Epstein’s book pg. 285),

Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom.  It is only because of problems that we’ve grown mentally and spiritually.

By substituting responsbility with problems we would be lead to conclude the same thing. 

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A word from Zephaniah

June 27, 2008

I imagine that many are not familiar with Zephaniah.  Quite frankly I’m not either other than his prophesies were recorded sometime between 640-609 B.C. within the Old Testament and his name means “The LORD hides or protects.” 

What does Zephaniah have to do with anything?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  As I was listening to the song Amazed as sung by Lincoln Brewster (not to be mistake for Punky Brewster), the opening lyrics reminded me of a passage from the the book of Zephaniah in the Old Testament.  The open lyrics go something like this,

You dance over me, while I am unaware, you sing all around, but I never hear the sound.

Lord I’m amazed by you

Lord I’m amazed by you

Lord I’m amazed by you, and how you love me.

We read in Zephaniah 3.17,

The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

To “exult” as the LORD “exults” over us is the same as being very happy and joyous in something.  That something in particular are those who have called upon Jesus Christ to be saved.  It’s amazing thing to know that God is in our midst, that He is very happy and joyous with us, and that He rejoices with shouts of joy over us even when we are unaware and undeserving. 

May you be amazed in Him and His grace and mercy as I am!  For He is great and greatly to be praised!

it’s amazing how…

June 17, 2008

watching something such as the sun rising can remind you of God.  In the study of our house, the sole window peers out to the east.  During the early morning hours we have the opportunity to watch the sun rise over the Teays Valley landscape (even though we have to look through a myriad of trees). 

This morning I found myself reading in Isaiah 6.1 through 8.8 and 1 Corinthians 11.17 to 12.30.  Not only did I read these portions of Scripture, but I had the opportunity to read from Wayne Grudem’s Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith on The Character of God: “Incommunicable” Attributes.  Why I shared what I read this morning will make sense in a moment. 

Anyways, I was praying I could not help but to be blinded by the brightness of the sun emanating through my window.  As I sat in my sit rubbing my eyes, the LORD recalled to mind a portion of my reading from Isaiah 6.1-7. 

In this passage from Isaiah…

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