Are you a fire, or just another flame?

Apathy is a sickening trait.

I don't know about you, but I am tired of seeing so many people (peers especially), not doing anything.

Individuals would rather spend time playing video and computer games, than doing something life-impacting.
They would rather spend money on makeup, clothes and food, than contributing to a ministry or organization to help others.
They would rather spend hours online, than enjoying the outdoors or reading a good book or doing more educational activities.

I hate seeing status updates on Facebook or tweets on Twitter saying 'I'm bored' or 'I don't know what to do'.  That only tells me that people aren't taking advantage of all the useful things they can do in their lives.  So much of our lives revolve around technology.  Computers, video games, movies, texting.  If you stripped all that away from the average teenager, you’d have a pretty sad kid.  Not to mention bored to death, socially awkward, and completely ‘cut off from the world’.

What does that tell you about our priorities?

Internet really is a blessing, but we can abuse our usage of it.  The same with phones/texting, video games, TV/movies.  Examine your motives for using these conveniences.  See if maybe you could cut out a chunk of your time and spend it doing something permanently life-changing.  

This culture has contaminated the minds of young adults to think that they are incapable of achieving big goals, and reaching high expectations.  And what do my peers do about this?  They blindly follow after the 'easy stuff', not wanting to work themselves into doing something that (the world has taught them) isn't really something 'important at their age'.  Or something that 'they just can't do'.

Let's face it, folks, some young adults can't even carry a decent conversation with another human being.  Instead, they're in their own little world thumbing away on their cell phone, oblivious to the goings-on around them.  

When will my generation realize what they are truly capable of?  And that life isn't about texting, social medias and movies.  Although there is nothing 'wrong' with those activities.  They need to be used with extreme discernment.

Or how about partying, drinking, sex and drugs?  Sure, those things can all make you feel good, help you pass the time.  But do you know how blessed you are to live in a country that has so many incredible things at your fingertips - that kids in other places could only wish to be near such conveniences - and you're missing the point of impacting this world for a mere passing pleasure?

Life is so much more.

And thank God, little by little, I believe that more of us are realizing this truth.  It may not always seem like it.  It's not like I count one less teenager on their phone every time I go to a public place.  But I feel an undercurrent of young adults who are slowly testing their wings, trying to see if they really can fly.

We need to encourage each other in our dreams and goals.  
Encourage the guy who's too timid to try to become a jet pilot and is instead, hiding in his room, playing a video game where he is flying a plane.
Encourage the girl who wants to become a singer, but is instead, not using her voice and just lip-syncing to a karaoke machine.  

Stop being the world's puppets!  Realize that there are people who believe in you.  And ultimately, you have a greater Person who actually made you and created you for more than this.  Let Him take you down a whole new road, to a whole new world.  He will plant people along the way to provide encouragement, opportunities and help.

What are you doing to stir others into not being apathetic?

Are you a fire, or just another flame?


  1. AMEN! What a great message here! Thank you for encouragement to get out and do something for the Lord and something that will impact others for the GOOD! Your a great writer! Keep it up, PLEASE! ;)

  2. Thank you for this beautiful post! I love hearing someone who is also young encouraging others to live a life bigger than themselves. I love the last few lines of this post because it was something I needed to see at this moment in my life. So, as always thank you for writing and sharing what God has placed on your heart!
    ~ Antavia