I love this photo of my mums hand reaching out to share a moment with her great grandson. Even when we can’t understand each other in language, we can all understand what a simple touch means.


Reading Time: 2 minutes

So today I woke up to get ready for another routine day. But then instead of watching TV I put on the computer. I was checking my blog when I came across a blog about Running With God. So I clicked on it. Click here to check out her blog.

What intrigued me the most was the verse she had on the top of her blog.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

Now the reason I love this verse so much is because it speaks to me. About my life.

I’ve always been that curious kid that just likes knowing… Stuff! And so many ‘grown ups’ are so stuck in the past. They expect us to nod and agree with everything they tell us, even if it is rubbish. I, for one, will never just shut up and sit down when I know I have something to say that could be of benefit.

Now do not get me wrong, I am not encouraging rebellion. I am still a firm believer of respecting adults, after all, with age comes wisdom and understanding. I will always respect people who are elder to me – doesn’t mean I’ll like them though.

There are too many adults who think that we are too young to have knowledge, to have an opinion. I find this absolutely ridiculous.

Our generation IS smarter than other generations before us. We learnt to talk and think WAY earlier than previous generations. We’ve watch TV, used the internet and read books, WAY earlier than before. We make up our minds on life much earlier than before.

I once heard someone say that parents have until a child turns 16 to influence the life of him/her. Then the person said, it is now before the age of 13. To be honest, I think it is even younger!

We have grown up defending ourselves.

Even though this could be perceived as a bad thing is some situations, generally this means that children have opinions, which deserve to be heard, just as much as anybody else.

Sometimes when a young person thinks of something, it’s God giving them ‘a wisdom beyond their years’. Ignoring this because of something so minute as age is pathetic.

Most of the time, adults ignore children’s ideas mostly due to pride. They are scared the child will say something wiser than them. That will hurt their pride. It’s absolutely immature, if you ask me.

Nearly everyday, we hear about adults saying they need to ‘help the youth’ and ‘sustain the next generation’. Sadly, most of this is just talk, with no substance.

We are the next generation. We are the next leaders. We need love and nurture. And if we don’t receive it, the world will be in calamity in a few years…

Peace and Love

Paula Melissa xx

Paula Melissa is a digital content creator, portrait photographer and freelance journalist. Since starting a blog in 2012 and graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Journalism Studies with Employment Experience degree in 2019, Paula has gone on to create and grow her own dynamic digital media empire. She loves reading, eating and spending time with her dog, Rolfie.
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