Friday, August 12, 2016

1 Timothy, Chapter 5, Verse 20
Reprimand publicly those who do sin, so that the rest also will be afraid.

It is better to scorn a child than to let them walk into real danger. If we follow the advice of Timothy we may wound someone’s pride in order to save their soul. The priest sandal that has so wounded our church is because we failed to follow this advice. Nothing ever gets better if it is ignored and left to fester. If we see someone who we know is trapped in sin out of love we must help them.

From a personal standpoint I remember I used to have a young soldier who worked for me whose breath smelled bad and I ignored it for months. Finally my boss came to me and told me that he smelled it and told me to advise the soldier to see the dentist as it could indicate a serious dental problem. I did and the young soldier lost 4 teeth from infection that I failed to correct out of a lack of courage.

If you correct someone they may hate you but they will still have their teeth or soul as the case may be.

International Youth Day[1]

International Youth Day seeks to raise awareness to the cultural and legal issues faced by youth throughout the world.  The United Nations defines youth as people between the ages of 15 and 24 years, although locally, youth can be interpreted in a more flexible manner.

In 1995, the General Assembly  of the United Nations (UN) adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth with the intention of establishing guidelines and policies for action and support that would lead to a brighter future for tomorrow's youth. The World Programme of Action for Youth, which consists of 15 priority areas, including education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, environment and drug abuse, paved the way for the UN's declaration of International Youth Day in 1999. Since its inception on August 12, 2000, International Youth Day has served to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to the youth to actively participate in society. In 2009, the UN Economic and Social Council further expanded each of the 15 youth priority areas by developing goals and targets for monitoring youth progress, an expansion that now serves as the basis for International Youth Day's annual theme.  Each year, the theme is selected based upon immediate and relevant issues that youth are facing today.

International Youth Day Facts & Quotes

·         The theme of International Youth Day in 2016 is The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.
·         Youth activist, Malala Yousafzal, is the youngest Nobel Laureate.  Yousafzal advocates for the rights of all youth seeking an education, regardless of gender, religion and creed.  
·         Of the 1.8 billion youth in the world today, half survive on less than $2 per day.  
·         Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies. - Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
·         We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible. - Barack Obama

Check out the United States Congresses program for youth: www.congressionalaward.org



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