youthTeenagers in our society are often looked down upon. They are often described as lazy, apathetic. self-absorbed, and the list goes on. I wanted to set the record straight. Yes, there are teenagers that fit that description, but there are some adults that fit that description as well. Recently, I have been blessed by some of the comments that some of my students have been making as it pertains to morality, truth, and sexual purity. Some of them really do get it. They do not want to follow blindly on the path that society is attempting to set for them. They see the mess we are in and recognize that we are not progressing as a society when we neglect the truths  of God for a lie. Their words strike straight into my heart because they know they can make a difference.  There are many who are striving not to rebel against God, but to hold to his Truth.

This is why I teach. Because for one thing, there are few callings as special as that of a teacher. When I see my students ‘getting’ it, it makes it all worthwhile.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

Rise Up, young people, Rise Up!


  1. I really appreciate the way you put so much faith upon us. It makes me want to excell at everything I do. Just knowing that someone understands and believes in us has a big impact,personally, on our lives. You can’t please everyone but knowing people care make it easier to do the right thing rather than what is expected of us “lazy” teens.

  2. Bro, I know adults who are the lazier than anyone!

    There’s a song by Hillsong United that has this line in it:

    “I see a generation, rising up to take their place, with selfless faith.”

    It is so awesome to see what God is doing in the hearts of the young! From the hallways, to the streets, to this blog…it’s obvious God is moving. My prayer is that we’ll all just get on board!

  3. We really dont receive alot of credit at all. And adults like you that can help them understand, that we arent these no for good trouble makers. I really apreciate everything you do for us. Like I said in class today, I spend more time with you than I do with my dad. Even though some kids decide to go down a wrong path, doesnt mean everyone one of us is goning to. If adults dont want to see bad kids, than why not try and help them?

    • Trey,

      I really do appreciate your encouragement to me as a teacher. You have an energy in you that if you focus it, can accomplish some great things for God. You have to find what you are passionate about in life and then set out to accomplish it.

  4. I think that is very true trey. We do have many parents and elders who can help get us on the right path. And lately i’ve been trying my hardest to get back on the path. I just recently just had a huge incident with a coulpe of friends I knew it was peer presure but, I did it and I hate myself so much for it and I regret that a ton. And mr.maxwell i’ve read all your posting they are all very great. And thank you for beinng like one of those people in the post to me, i appreciate it alot.

  5. I agree. Adults tend to think that teens are lazy and only care about having fun. What if i said that adults (in general) were old and boring…they wouldnt appreciate it would they? You cant judge others. like you said, not all teens are lazy. dont call us lazy and irresponsible and we wont call you old and boring. 😉 low expectations that people give is the reason we try harder to do what we want. give us some props for what we are able to conquer and you will be blown away of what we can accomplish.

  6. I agree… Teens don’t get credit for alot of things that we do. It makes me, and I’m sure a lot of us, feel very low about ourselves when adults think that we are irresponsible and lazy, I guess it just makes us feel like we can get away with all of that. We need strong figures in our lives to show us what to do and to appreciate us from time to time. I have never in my life seen so much love and support come from a school and from the teachers (and the peers) than at this school. It just blows me away. I’ve never ever felt like I’m part of a family at school, and if I had a choice I would never leave this school.

    If adults believe in our generation, I believe that we could do amazing things.

  7. I really appreciate you saying things like “Teenagers today are often looked down on.” Because they are. Adults always stereotype us and it sure doesn’t make me a happy camper!!! 😦 But it makes me happy that you believe in us, Mr. M!! I’m not down the hall, but I’m down the street! Hopefully I’ll be able to give you a high five soon!!

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