Don’t judge the youth by its cover

editorial youthA youth is more than the make-up she wears, the branded sleeves he puts on his shoulders, the Dota game he plays, the posts she follows on twitter, or the persona he portrays. Most of us see them as vain, lazy, conceited, reckless, overconfident, too independent, and who-knows-where they are heading. Millennials as they are called according to experts grew up in an electronics-filled and increasingly online and socially-networked world. Having been raised under the mantra “follow your dreams” and being told they were special, they tend to be confident.

Nevertheless, the beauty of these young people are not skin deep. These young people have hearts. Burning, afire and mostly confused where to put the fire on. Often, they misuse the gift of being young by giving out their energy to useless things that leave them unwell, in misery, in pain, and in emptiness.

This is not a sweeping statement but most of them get drunk; they involve in drug abuse; they indulge in sexual pleasures; they exhaust all kinds of entertainments in order to kill time. But little did they know that they are killing themselves and not the time. They have travelled too far to the point of not knowing how to get back. They are becoming tired with life. It is not mostly their fault, it is the time that they were born with—a faithless, paganistic world.

The problem is not the end but the solution is. However we do not stop with the solution, but on how we maintain doing the solution with our problems. The solution is a relationship with Christ, with the Trinity. Growing up in a world not already a school for holiness is a great challenge for them to know, and see the Truth.

There were many saints such as St. Augustine of Hippo, who lived in darkness when he was young until adulthood, but as he said “our heart is restless until we rest in Him.” Our heart shall never find its meaning until it finds its owner who is God Himself. May the young people burn the fire of their hearts to the One who deserves it rightly, and who will cherish it truly.

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