The Decade that Was

Youth Newsletter Article
January 2010

Do you realize that the 21st Century is already 1/10th over? Unbelievable! We have already finished the first decade in a new century. And seen some pretty unique things! On a local level, we saw an ice storm that Kentuckians will probably not see again for another century or more. On a national level, we’ve seen terrorist attacks on US soil and the first African American president. On a global level, we’ve seen 8 gold medals won at an Olympics. And these are just a very small sampling of the decade that is behind us.

So what have you done this decade? Besides get 10 years older? Many of you students don’t even remember the year 2000 because you were 2, 3, or 4 years old. So what is your greatest accomplishment. I’m curious to know and I’d love for you (young and old) to comment on this article telling me what your favorite part of the past decade was. Maybe you have something that changed your life or an event you’ll never forget.

But the past is the past. God is more focused on the here and now than the past decade. Philippians 3:13-14 says, “…But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” The past is the past. But the future is at hand. What will you do this year, decade, century to “win the prize”?

Obviously, you’ll do nothing for God if you dwell on the past. Instead, dwell on His Word which will guide your present and future. Psalm 119:9 asks, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your Word.” And so the challenge is for you to read through God’s Word.  A great place to start is by reading the New Testament through this year. One chapter a day for 5 days a week will do it. Keep yourself accountable to God’s Word.  At the end of this article are a few resources for reading through the Bible this year.

My decade has been filled with awesome moments – Graduating High School, meeting and marrying the woman of my dreams, graduating college, beginning in ministry, the birth of Callie, and the expectation of Ashtyn. “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ” (Philippians 3:7). What are you going to do great for God by 2020?

 

Read through the New Testament this year

Read through the entire Bible in this year

Both of these reading plans and more can be found in a great article by Denny Burk here.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brady witherspoon on December 31, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    This next decade i will try to spread the word throughout my school.

    Reply

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