I don't know about you, but I often feel frustrated and disheartened by the self centred nature of our society. You only have to look at what the big issues in the lead up to the election are to realise that the 'vote winning' issues and policies are the ones that respond to peoples own and immediate needs. The less popular issues and policies are the ones that might require us to think of others and even make some sacrifices. There are similar frustrations in my daily life. While I love working with adolescents, sometimes their self centred nature drives me crazy. It makes it all the more satisfying when you see them start to realise that they are actually a part of something that is much bigger than themselves, or their group of friends or even their town.
The highlight of my week was an email that I received from some young people that I know through the church. They want to organise a mission trip to somewhere like Cambodia as a substitute for the popular 'schoolies' week of drinking and partying and they wanted a bit of help to get their proposal off the ground.
"I've just felt challenged recently to do something real, and something that will make a difference in people's lives. I also think it would be a much better use of our time rather than getting drunk and partying at the beach."
I don't teach them, I don't lead their youth group and I don't really see them very regularly. But boy did I puff up like a proud mother hen. These young people not only see beyond themselves, but they want to take action as well. If they are the future then we are in safe hands.