It was sad to see the new year's first murder, involving a teen, appearing on page one of Monday's paper that also had the year's first birth.
I see and read about these youths growing up too fast and dying too young, but then I get to see young people in life affirming activities, helping and serving others.
To start 2009 on a positive note here are a few recent examples, as well as some from 2008:
- When asked what she said she would do with three wishes, a Grandview teen said she would give one to someone who really needed it. That's an imaginary question, I know, but I thought it was a refreshing response.
- Talked to a parent the other day whose son got to play in an honor band event out of town. She was excited about the honor and getting to go with him. It was great to see parental involvement and genuine enthusiasm for their kids' activities.
- Speaking of parental involvement, I see this with Young Life and I see this in the activities in our church when it comes to working with kids. The same is probably true at your church, too. All of which to say, Jesus is the answer not only for kids but their parents, too.
- This is from several months ago. After our church had an Easter egg hunt this past spring we were all set to have a spiritual lesson when more children showed up late. All the eggs had already been picked up. Without hesitation and without being asked, those with eggs started taking eggs from their own baskets and giving them to the late arrivals. Some even took from their supply and started hiding them in the yard so those without could have the fun of an egg hunt.
- I've only had a chance to see them in action a few times, but I like the way the Sunnyside boys basketball players throw themselves into the game, diving for loose balls and rebounds. I like their selfless play in snapping crisp passes to each other up and down the court. It's a good example of what can happen with a group of kids in a team effort.
None of the above will likely change the world or make it on page one of most newspapers, but I think it's good to see there are positive examples among today's kids.
They are examples that to me are a light, a sign of hope in these dark days of winter.