As someone who has worked with young people for more than 20 years now, I’ve had the opportunity to see the world through many sets of eyes. I’ve seen what excites them, what stirs their emotion, and what can cause them to sit back and simply be amazed. The one constant emotion that I have seen pop up over the years is anger. Anger at the people and situations that bring suffering to others in the world. But what do they do with that anger? What can they do when the problem seems bigger than them, and an impossible one to take on? Unfortunately, many times nothing happens and they let the motivation fizzle out before great change has taken place.
Then there is this generation that has been emerging for the last few years. They’ve heard the mantra of change, but have seen very little of it come from the people in power. Just like a young David from the story in 1 Samuel 17, they have arrived on the scene at a time of inactivity and stalemate caused by the fear of giants – things like political correctness, greed, and fear of offending have immobilized the generation that has gone before them. But these that are coming in, they can not sit idly by letting their courage become atrophied like that of those who are there but do nothing, for they know that there is STILL a battle to fight.