Hope for the Next Generation
“Hope for the Next Generation” by Bryce Bengtson.
This blog is authored by a member of the next generation, Dr. Bengtson’s son, Bryce.
“Hope for the Next Generation” is Bryce’s take on life as a 21st-century adolescent.
He speaks from an identity as a child of the One True King, and offers Biblical insight for the challenges he faces, and the challenges of his peers.
I put in my earbuds and started my run. The story began again and started setting the scene for the chapter. I was listening to my favorite audiobook. Each chapter in the book had a saying that was insightful before starting the story. The saying for this chapter was “The only thing you must not lose is hope.” My brain started going as I thought about that quote.
Have you ever looked through a window that has accumulated a lot of rain droplets? How about a window with rain droplets that allows you to look back at yourself? Have you ever noticed blemishes on yourself when you look back at yourself? That’s because the rain droplets seem to just take it away. Almost like it, disappears.
When you look through this kind of window it seems as if everything is fixed. Yet God doesn’t even need to look through the window because he is looking right at you. God sees you in your entirety and says you are perfect.
I stared at the math problem with confusion. I knew we learned how to solve it but I was so tired I had forgotten everything. I had tried three different systems and none had matched with the possible multiple choice answers. Then I remembered how to do it. I picked my pencil back up and started writing. It didn’t take long for me to complete the problem and make sure it was correct. I turned in the quiz and walked out of class on my way to lunch.
With quivering movements, I put my pencil to the page and begin the first stroke. I continued until the piece is almost complete. Then I began the shading; under the eye, the neckline, then finally the hair. The paper transformed from a blank page with a single stroke into a piece of art. Our first stroke is our first breath. Each breath we take adds to our piece of art. Just imagine, a hallway filled with incomplete canvases. Some are nearly blank while others are almost complete.
Sometimes the smallest thing can grow into something magnificent. When we are willing to grow, we can teach others how to plant seeds for God. All it takes is one to turn into a million. ~ Bryce Bengtson
Pop music is everywhere; that’s what makes it pop. Pop is an interesting music genre with people on both sides of the fence and few people left teetering on the edge of the fence. I personally love pop music if not the words in them. What would happen around us if we infiltrated pop culture and flooded it with praise songs and worship that honor God and offer hope?
Instead of adhering to the same cycle, day after day, on rinse and repeat mode, why not do something different? Lend a helping hand, speak a kind word, impact your community. You can make a difference.
Give a helping hand! Doing what is right is not always the easiest thing to do or what is most popular. Jesus didn’t walk by when someone was in distress. He healed. He helped. He made a difference! Don’t pass on by.
Keep on track with God! Just like a snowplow on a road in winter, God can clear the path. He can show us the way and make it smooth. Even when we step off the right track, He helps us make it back to Him. Read more here.
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