by Cass DuCharme      



As I was looking in the mirror the other day, a young sixteen-year-old guy was gazing back at me. This guy had it made. He had a car, good friends, a great family, and the world by the tail. He wasn't thinking about the past but was dreaming about the future. All he thought about was getting older and all the freedom he would have when he became an adult. Yup, you guessed it. That guy looking back at me wasn't me, it was Chase standing beside me as I was looking in the mirror.


Now don't get me wrong. There are days when I look in the mirror and see myself as a little more youthful than I really am. I see a young guy still dreaming about the future, although my future now is getting closer to retirement, and my dreams aren't quite as lofty as they once were. But, I'm still dreaming and I think that's because there's still a little bit of youth in me.


This past Sunday was Youth Sunday at Highland Hills. The youth led the service from the invocation to the final hymn. They sang, played instruments, read scripture, prayed, led the music, and preached. By the way, I stole the title of this article from Timothy Lewis' sermon title for Sunday. Thanks T. I am so proud of all of our youth and the way they shared their gifts with us on Sunday. They showed us that God uses everyone, even young people, to share God's message with others.


As I watched the youth on Sunday morning I was reminded of opportunities I was given as a youth to share my gifts with my home church. The opportunities I was given literally shaped who I am in my faith and vocation today. I am grateful that our church allows our youth to share their gifts in worship. Who knows, one of them might even become a preacher or a minister of music. There are worse things you could become, you know. As a youth, I wanted to be a lawyer. Well, I'll stop right there.


I hope that as you watched our youth leading us in worship you thought back to your youth and opportunities given to you to serve and grow in your faith. And I hope that the next time you look in the mirror you catch a glimpse of a youthful person gazing back at you. I hope that you're still dreaming too. Dreaming of a bright future for yourself, for our youth, and for our church. Because there really is a little bit of youth in all of us.