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Is Youth Wasted On The Young?

"Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth" (Ecc. 11:9).

There are a lot of cliches out there about being young. Today's title happens to be one of them. Peter Pan did not want to grow up and neither do Toys R Us kids. To tell you the truth, there is a part in each of us that wants to retain some of our youth. Maybe it's the innocence or lack of responsibilities. Perhaps it is the exuberance that we may lose for life as more cares come upon us. In verses 7-10, Solomon speaks about the wonders of a cheerful heart in one's youthful days. That ought to be the part of youth that none of us ever lose. Unfortunately, with the lively and vibrant energy of youth there is a reckless abandon or a kind of feeling of indestructibility. It would be good for us to lose some of that. The writer here characterizes our youth as the springtime of life. (light is sweet) Our older years are the winter that is represented by darkness. Solomon says; "However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all" (V 8).

He advises the young to; "Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see" (V 9). It would seem that Solomon is giving the young a Carte Blanche to do whatever they want to do, but if we read just a bit further we see the rest of the verse...."but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgement" Solomon has set the bar higher with more stringent guidelines. Youthful desires, if not tempered, will turn into youthful indiscretions, with adult consequences. To know this should bring direction to our hearts and discrimination to our eyes. The chapter ends with these words; "for youth and vigor are meaningless." I think that I know what Solomon means here. Childhood and youth are meaningless if our God is not accepted, respected and included. Life just cannot be all fun and games, but it must rather be balanced. That balance must include God and spiritual values. True satisfaction will elude us and instead of the sweet light our memories will be dark. Even for us young "old guys," God must be included.... Have a great day.... Make a difference.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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