“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 4:1
To the students who walked out today, I offer some encouragement:
When you hear and see adults criticising you for your choice and say your feelings don’t matter, just remember:
1. Queen Esther successfully petitioned King Xerxes to spare an entire nation from certain death. She is remembered every year during the Jewish celebration of Purim. She was 14. (Esther 1-7)
2. Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego all mustered up the courage to defy a kingdom order and were all thrown into a fiery furnace where, instead of burning, they came out unsinged. The king looked upon them and decreed that their God must be the one true God. They were between the ages of 11 and 13. (Daniel 3 NIV)
In our modern times we have:
3. In 1899, newsboys (boys who sold newspapers), went on strike for 2 weeks to protest low wages in New York City. They were successful in increasing their wages. One of the leaders of the protest, Kid Blink, was reported to be between 13 and 14 years old. (As a side note, the strike was the inspiration for one of my favorite movies, “Newsies.” 🙂 )
4. Bana Alabed tweeted in real time the events that were happening in her town in Aleppo, Syria during the height of the crisis there in 2016. She has since published a book entitled, “Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace.” She is 8 years old.
5. Founding father James Monroe was 18 when he co-signed the Declaration of Independence.
So my young marchers, take courage. You are here for a reason and our future is brighter because of you. ❤
PS: Always remember you are never alone and are loved and supported more than you can imagine.