…9Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth,and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. 10Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity. 1Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, “I have no pleasure in them”…
-Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1 (KVJ 2000)
“Youth” describes the age of strength and vitality, the age of adventure and curiosity and the time when one begins to form his dreams and ambition. This is the most exciting years for a person yet the most perilous as well.
I say perilous because this is a stage in life when a person has to make crucial choices, which affect his future. Any wrong decision may cause irreversible problems later on.
One very important tool for one to achieve his goals is to have good learning, thus, parents send their children to school. Young people spend most of their time in school and even when at home; they spend much of their time with their studies. Practically, these young people have lives only in two places, school and home. However, it is not all aptitude. Attitude is a very important quality to succeed in life so, for professing Christians, they frequent one more place, the church.
Yet in the demanding cycle of young life, it is sometimes easy to get bored. Young people would want some sorts of recreation to unburden themselves. They do not want to miss the fun of being young so to speak.
However, when one fails to balance between responsibility and recreation, trouble sets in. The body, spiritual life, relationships to parents and the people around may suffer.
We raise the issue of growing up and the things that go with it and the issue of school life, which is a big responsibility as it is.
Here in our text, King Solomon has offered a wise counsel for the young people in his day and it remains true up to this day. We can find Ecclesiastes 11 and 12 important for young people to understand.