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Christian youths serving the Lord - James C. Bell

The Holy Bible has much to say about how we are to serve the Lord and others. Jesus was once asked, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?" Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22:36-37).

To love the Lord is to serve Him and to love your neighbor is to do unto him as you would have him do unto you. St. Paul said: "We all have different gifts, according to the grace given us" (Romans 12:7). "If it is serving, let him serve; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously."

This week has been Spring Break for the youths and teachers of our county; most feel this is a time for a short vacation when they can go to the beach or Disney World or, maybe, the mountains and enjoy kicking back and relaxing.

Not so with 140 youths and adults from four of our churches. For six years, now, they have chosen rather to go on mission trips where they can serve the Lord and help senior citizens clean up their yards, or do some painting, or cut their grass. They also share the gospel of Christ when they have the opportunity and spend time encouraging and helping others.

Our youths gladly give their time and their hard work to help those who are more unfortunate. I know they learn a lot by sharing their strength and skill with those who may not be able to do these chores for themselves. They learn by fellowshipping with each other and getting to know their friends better, and even making new friends. They learn by seeing the great truths of the Bible put to work as they experience loving and helping others.

I certainly want to thank the 45 adults who gladly give their time and know-how as they work along side these great young people. It's always great to be inspired by hearing the Word of the Lord, but to see His teachings in action is marvelous. May God bless each youth and adult for being a part of this mission activity. I know the people in Jackson, Ga., who benefited directly from their unselfish work, sure thank them.

You and I can take a lesson ourselves from the example set by this mission group. We need to be more concerned about all of our teens and young adults and to encourage them to seek the Lord Jesus. I, for one, can certainly testify to how much knowing the Lord Jesus can, and does, guide a young person through the difficult times in Life; and not only the bad times, but the good also, for by living according to His teachings.

He leads us to the better and higher callings and achievements in life. We should pray for them and use our influence to guide them to make the right decisions in their lives. My mother always told me I should live right and honor the Lord for, "Some one is always watching you and modeling their life after you." Our youths are the adults and leaders of this country's future. This is a great responsibility, and one I hope each of us will be conscious of as we live with faith and integrity.

At the end of the day, I hope each of us can feel we have set the right example for those who follow. I pray we shall. God bless you.