Kids these days get a bad rap sometimes. LIke, just the other day, I saw a meme that said something like, “kids who grew up in the bust-your-butt age are better people than kids who grew up in the time-out age.” It had so many likes and loves from people who now have kids raising their grandbabies in the “time-out” age. I wanted to comment that the “time-out” generation is a direct product of the “bust-your-butt” generation, and that my “time-out” grandbabies are going to rule the flipping world (in their own special ways, of course), and that’s something they need to think about before sharing dumb memes like that. But I didn’t.
However, if you’re one of those skeptics about the next generation, then let Josiah send you some inspiration and hope today. Look at this kid, would ya! He’s pretty cool. He was only 8 years old when he became king, and he was the son of nasty old Amon, who was the son of nasty old Manasseh. Two nasties usually don’t equal a good, but in Josiah’s case it does. During the eighth year of his reign, which would have been when he was just 16 years old, he began to seek God. Then, in the 12th year of his reign, when he would have been just 20 years old, he began to purify Judah. Now, in the 18th year of his reign, when he would have been just 26, still a pup in modern-day standards, Josiah’s men found the scroll in the Temple. By this time, Josiah had the knowledge and understanding of just what it meant for Jerusalem to have not obeyed the words in that scroll. This is a young guy, people. A baby to even me now. I could be his mom, and he could have my grandbabies, and personally, I am just fine with that. In fact, in my office today, I see a lot of these fine young people working their rears off, improving life for millions of people every day. I don’t for one minute think I am a better person because they sat in a corner for misbehaving while my mom chased me around with a leather belt.
Writing prompt: Gen W
I don’t know what generation it is … M, X, 4 … so W stands for Whatever. Dedicate your writing today to an impressive young person. Write that person an encouraging note telling him/her/they what you think he/she/they are doing right in this world.