Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity. (Ecclesiastes 11:9-10)
Rejoice In Youth
There is a lot that can be said about youth today. Often we focus on the bad and emphasize the character of youth as reckless. However there are many wonderful young people who struggle with the trials of youthfulness and live honorable lives. This time of life can be a time of great joy and the impact of this message is clearly seen in our passage for Friday.
The Lord made man to grow from infancy to adulthood with a fascinating bridge between the two called “youth.” It is a time of curiosity filled with vigor envied by those of older age. Contrary to the belief of many it is not a time of frivolity where youth cannot be spent in the pursuit of a natural course of what God has planned. He wants young people to enjoy the way He has created them with cheerfulness. This time of life should be where young people are allowed to be young people. There will come a day when the more serious tones of life are demanded but let young people be young people with an important lesson from the Lord: learn to sow proper seed in youth so there will not be a harvest of heartache later in life! Young people are not forbidden to enjoy their age but rather they should be taught to make wise decisions for the future.
The vanity of youth is wrapped in the same blanket we all share. Life is vain when we understand that life is not about the here and now. Understanding this goes a long way in how we conduct our lives. Young people – understand that what you do in youth will stay with you in adulthood. Whatever a man sows he will reap one day. Enjoy your life and have fun, learn important lessons, share your vitality with others – and make wise choices that will be carried with you as you grow older. Remember now your Creator and remember why your Creator made you. Let no one despise your youth. Be an example in your youthful spirit. Remind us how to live happy lives for God.
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. (Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds, 1916)