Saturday, June 13, 2009

What our youth are saying

Lately, my 14 year old son has been religiously playing his guitar. I heard him singing and playing this very haunting song by a talented young artist, John Mayer, "Waiting on the World to change."

The lyrics debunk the myth that today's youth are just selfish, lazy, thoughtless, consumers. The truth is, they are actually yearning for a chance to help change the world. It makes we wonder if we in the church are doing enough to encourage our youth to be players in helping to change the world. Are we giving them a place, a platform, to express their art, writings, music, and creative gifts?

Here are a few lines to the song:
me and all my friends
we're all misunderstood
they say we stand for nothing and
there's no way we ever could
now we see everything that's going wrong
with the world and those who lead it
we just feel like we don't have the means
to rise above and beat it

so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

Go here to read the lyrics and watch the video presentation