When I served as a tutor to help students prepare for the ACT, I never thought I’d be the one changed. At the outset, the teens were quite shy with us tutors. But as we talked and worked together, we discovered wonderful experiences and competencies! When we first asked them what they do, most said not much. Hah! They inspired me. That reminded me we all look to a future. Not in the same way, but we can explore and research and march forward toward a better future for ourselves and others.
What does God’s word teach us about hope for the future? In Jeremiah 29:11 we find, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
We, adults, need to see ourselves as part of God’s plan, not only to raise our own bar. But to assist our youth to rise to their potential and fulfill the plans that God has for them.
This message is excerpted from a Women of the ELCA blog by Barbara Miller. Read it here.
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