Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scary Teens

Just in time for Halloween, here's my top 10 list for why some adults find teens scary:

10.  Teens can dress funny.
9.    Teens can be opinionated.
8.    Teens can walk around in big groups.
7.    Teens can be silly.
6.    Teens can be big.
5.    Teens can be disrespectful.
4.    Teens can be loud.
3.    Teens can be impulsive.
2.    Teens can be apathetic.
1.    Teens tell their truth.

Most of these behaviors aren't that scary, except for the telling their truth part.  So the vast majority of teens aren't really scary.  Those teens who do the scariest things need brave adults in their lives (to love, support, and provide direction) the most.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How Beautiful to Serve

The cantor sang, "How Beautiful" at Mass.  You and your brother were altar servers.  I was struck by your willingness to publicly serve and be a part of all who love God. No easy task., you risk the ridicule of peers and enjoy fewer mornings to sleep late.  Clearly the only gain is the privilege of serving God in this special way.

More teens would be happy if they could find a way to serve their family, church, and community in meaningful ways.  Giving to others, especially when no prestige is gained, is beautiful.