Youth News - September 2015
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Youth News
September 2015
by Hector Meza

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 1,314 hours. That’s roughly the amount of time that most Americans aged 18-49 spend on social media in a year. I’d mention what the numbers are for minors, but that would surely scare you.

1,314 hours.

That breaks down to about 3.4 hours per day. We’ve all had experiences with social media that were wonderful and useful. Maybe we learned a new recipe or have been able to pray for a friend, but more often than not I’ve found myself feeling as though I’ve wasted precious time in my life. We end up with feelings of jealousy or sadness over the amazing things our friends and family are doing while we suffer away in our climate that’s too hot (or cold). There’s even been research that suggests that too much time on social media can be bad for us and lead to less than satisfied life. And so the passage from Ephesians written so long ago, appears to be so important and relevant today.

God reminds us that our time is a gift given by Him to use for good. Just like our money and other gifts He gives. I remember as a child that feeling during summer vacation where I was actually annoyed because I had nothing to do. “I’m soooo bored!” Was my lament. When we waste our time not being useful, it leads us to a discontented life. We were meant to do good because God works to do good. With that in mind we hope to end the summer doing useful things with our students, making the best of the time we have remaining.

We’ve been able to include new students from our VBS outreach and helped some of our veteran students get plugged into serving. We will be involved with ministries like Jersey Shore United, which helps those still suffering from Sandy. We will continue to help new students connect through some of our fun nights, while also getting students to invite friends. And we will help by collecting shoes for the various missions in Haiti. Our hope is that these outreaches will help students connect socially with those in need around them. Our hope is that someday we might have a church where most of the members invest 1,314 hours in things that matter for eternity.

Soli Deo Gloria

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