Isn’t it amazing how we can remember our teenage years so vividly? We have certain people, images, and songs completely engrained in our minds. They certainly weren’t the smoothest years of my life, but I know that I was shaping who I’ve become today. I’m glad for the failures that I had because I learned a tremendous amount about who I was. I remember the some really stupid things I did, and now I sit and wonder, “What in the world was I thinking?” The great thing is that I was able to learn and grow from those experiences.
I did have a bunch of great things happen during those years, too. Most of my great memories are actually of the adults that were around me. I had some great teachers, amazing bosses, and excellent parents building into me during those years. When they built into me, I felt great. Sometimes I didn’t like what they had to say, but I knew that what they said was done to strengthen me.
Unfortunately, my story isn’t the norm. There are way too many great kids that don’t have people building into them. They have so much potential to make a positive change in this world, but they don’t know it. They see the images around them that glorify drugs, early pregnancy, bullying, and poor character. Just watch ten minutes of MTV and you’ll see it all. Adults need to be building teens up and reversing this negative trend.
I am proud to be a founding partner of the John Maxwell Team (JMT). There are a number of great coaches around the world that I get to work with on a regular basis. But I have never been more proud of the Team than I am today. Through the efforts of hundreds of coaches in the JMT worldwide, we will be building into the world’s youth with a night of programming for teenagers. We will be reaching 500,000 teenagers around the world during the week of May 6th – 12th with a program called YouthMAX (http://www.jmtyouthmax.com ).
I have partnered with South Shore United Methodist Church in Riverview, FL and a fellow JMT member from Clearwater named Dick Powell to present this event to area youth on Friday, May 11 at 7pm. It will be a night of worship & growth for the area students filled with fun, games, and most importantly… lifting the teens! We will present ways to stand up to bullying & lift others, how to fail for success, as well as develop self-image and character.
Date: Friday, May 11th
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Place: South Shore United Methodist Church, Riverview, FL
Ages: 14 – 18