Spiritual Practice

In This Together

Danika Cooley & Richard Lawton

The young men and women in my church recently held a Bible drive. One of our high school students presented the need and challenged the youth group to collect 400 Bibles for foster children. Then she worked out the details—contacting pastors, preparing flyers, and making arrangements for the Bibles to be distributed. In just eight weeks, the youth group had gathered 513 Bibles. Other young people in our community were inspired by this group’s example and started Bible drives at their churches and Christian schools.

As an adult, I was excited to see our youth take the initiative and apply their gifts and talents to something so worthwhile. It was a joy to participate in their effort.

For me, one of the most disappointing aspects of the modern-day church is the segregation of the ages. We need one another—young, old, and in-between. Every generation has something important and valuable to contribute to the Body of Christ. We need young people in every aspect of ministry—to lead and to participate.

—Danika Cooley


Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NRSV)

REFLECT ON 1 TIMOTHY 4:12: Paul encouraged Timothy to be a leader in the church and trusted people not to look down on him because of his youth, and the early church listened to Timothy’s voice.

Who encourages you to lift your voice? How can you follow in Timothy’s footsteps, using your gifts, talents, and passions to serve all ages in the church?

—Richard Lawton

—from devozine (September/October 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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