1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

This verse came to mind during our day of service at the Norcross Co-Op.  I had the opportunity to work in the clothes closet helping to distribute clothing to families in need.  Our lead that day was a young lady of approximately 14 years of age.  She trained Chad and me on the policies and set forth to show us how it was done.  

It wasn’t her knowledge so much that impressed me but her willingness to be there and her attitude.  She explained to us that she started volunteering there when she was 12 years old.  She fell in love with the place.  She cherishes the opportunity to serve those in need.  She doesn’t come with family or a church group; she simply walks from her home nearby to give of her time.  She explained that the rest of her family and siblings are just watching cartoons, playing video games, or relaxing at home and she figured there was something more she could do with her time.  I was thoroughly impressed with her maturity.

I’m not much different than her family.  Most Saturday mornings you can find me on the couch watching soccer.  However what impressed me the most was her attitude.  She was kind and patient with the clients despite a couple of them being very rude with her. When she didn’t know the answer to a question she would get help from someone who knew.  She didn’t try to argue with the clients or demean them; she simply wanted to help them the best she could to solve any issues or problems they might be having.  She was the young one, but that day she was my teacher, and I learned a lot.

So, if I may, let me take this opportunities to invite our children, youth, and families to be involved with missions as much as you are able.  Y’all have so many gifts that can help others and the rest of us have a lot we can learn from you.