Today’s Scripture: Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1┬áTimothy 4:12

Have you ever tried to update your phone and had the whole thing just go terribly wrong? You sit there staring at that crazy little device that just erased everything – all your pictures, all your notes, and everything else you invested time in. Gadgets are usually helpful until they malfunction like this…or until they erase all the mental processing capability of your teenager. Usually, we do not realize what kind of effect it is having on our youth until it is a little too late to undo it.

Whether we like it or not, our young people are being brought up in the “tech” generation. Most of the time we are content to let them sit and play and chat on their little devices – too often we are consumed with doing it, too. Instead, we really should be trying to get our youth synced with what God has for their lives. They are so distracted by the latest updates and apps that they could care less about much else. We need to get these teenagers to see past an HD screen and into seeing God’s purpose for them. Games here and there are fun and good, but not when games are more real than reality.

Unlimited, unchecked access to the internet is not good for adults, much less children who have no discretion. We don’t have time to waste. Talk to the young people God has placed in your life. It can be a student, a grandchild, or your Sunday school class. Whoever it is, take the time to encourage them to search for God’s plan. Share with them that you care and are interested in what makes them unique and special. They should not need to be continually occupied by a phone to feel connected. Help them see that they can take a stand just as Daniel did when he was a teenager. He purposed to do God’s work even though there were temptations and distractions on every side.

Maybe you are a young person reading this or even an adult who spends more time in the app store than you do reading your Bible. Dare to be a Daniel and encourage others to do the same. Say no to the distractions and put the games away – it’s time to get in sync with God.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.