Our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal said " Ang mga kabataan ang pag asa ng bayan" (The youth is the hope of our nation). I am really blessed to shout with the youth. To fellowship with the youth. To minister to the youth.
My college days is still fresh in my memory. The days when me and my friends say, "Let's turn the world upside down for Christ". Those days are the most memorable days of my life. When I dream that the next generation will seek the face of God. Will shout His fame. Will rise and stand with faith. Will serve God and the poor.
Earlier this afternoon (I started to write this paper 11:00PM so it's considered Friday lol). Coach Rodel shared about being the model of the youth. He quoted 1 Timothy 4:12
"12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."
Timothy was a young leader of the Church at Ephesus of that time. Church historians claimed that he was the head elder (or senior pastor) of the Ephesian Church. Some scholars said that there was too much issues regarding Timothy's leadership because of his age. There are some members of the church that who don't want to listen to him and come to the point to question his leadership. Paul admonished him to set an example. That despite of doubts and questions to his leadership Tim need to be strong about his calling.
That's happening right now. Some of the elders of our society are doubtful to our talents. To our integrity. They are doubtful on what we can do to change our society.. Our nation...
It is time to rise up young people. It's time to show them that we will bring hope. Not only on our nation, not only in our campus. But in every nation and every campus.
I remember the questions that I always ask to the youth in my former church.
"Are we proclaiming Jesus the Hope of the World?"
"Then why we are still silent and not changing the world for Christ?"
"Do we let the evil dictate the future of the nation?"
"Do we let everyday with dying and going to hell?"
Now is the time. Not tomorrow. Not next month. Not next year. Now is the time.