We have a lot for which to be thankful in our church, FUMC of Arlington, Texas. One of the many things to offer thanks over is our youth. I was very proud of the youth a few Sundays ago when the Testament Youth Choir sang a deeply meaningful message in all our sanctuary worship services. The music was not only great and uplifting, but was well done.
It is easy to overlook the youth in our community. Some adults foster Saul’s attitude when he said to David, who was ready to fight Goliath, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy” (1 Samuel 17:33). Our youth might have given old Saul something to think about!
As we enter the “dog days of August” and daydream of putting the hot summer months behind us, I see some wonderful ways for folks to become involved in ministry and service in the name of the Lord. My prayer for the church is that what we do be understood as the best we have to offer to God and to each other. Taking a hint from Paul, whether you are young—or simply feel young: “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).
May we all strive to let God’s love motivate our life and hearts together at FUMC, Arlington, Texas.