There is something to be said for young people who decide to step out of their own stereotype and make a difference in the lives of others. There is also something to be said for those people around them who choose to not simply sit on the sidelines as spectators, or even as cheerleaders, of these young people. Rather, they join with them in life and service. The mentoring, learning (both ways), and deepening of relationships have a powerful impact, leaving a fingerprint of hope that long outlasts the service activity itself.
Christ knew what He was doing when He set the example of servant leadership. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). He also knew what He was doing when He welcomed children into his presence (Mark 10:14) and made consistent reference to all people, generations, backgrounds, and experiences (Galatians 3:28). Intergenerational relationships are part of God’s original design and can actually build resiliency of faith for all involved.
The truth is, we need each other! “Even youths grow tired and weary” (Isaiah 40:30), and old men still “dream dreams” (Joel 2:28). There is such a richness in our relationship with Christ and with each other. What an empowering thought to consider that by simply holding the hand of the one going before you, and the one coming after you, it can make a difference of kingdom proportions!
-Pr Sarah-Jane Riley, Youth Discipleship, SNZC