Saturday’s lent reading gives this quote, the author’s prayer during a crises in vocation, education and calling,
“I cannot believe that you intend the best years of my life as a disciple of jesus Christ to be experienced between the ages of nineteen and twenty-one. I cannot accept that I have peaked in my experience of you and the church and that I am to spend the rest of my life going through the motions. I cannot accept this.”
I really hate the way the worldly trait of youth worship has seeped into the church. High school should only be the best years of your life if you are in high school. In the world, youth is worshipped as the thing we wish we all were. There are very few television shows with old heroes. I have heard people brag about high school sports endeavors ten years removed from high school – like they have been living memories for a decade. When does it stop?
In the church, we have also succumbed to this “memory living” as student ministries are living front edge of the gospel and many, many adults are content to ride their pew into eternity. As a leader, I really hope that we can figure out how to break through the numbness that so many churched adults live in and bring people back to that first love for Christ – that which they (at least 85% of them) first experienced as a teenager.
May we live more fully everyday.