Ecclesiastes 11:Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

傳道書 11:年輕人哪,你在年少時當快樂;在年輕時使你的心歡暢,做你心所願做的,看你眼所愛看的;卻要知道,為這一切, 神必審問你。

The world has lied to our youth, leading them to waste these critical years of their lives, to “walk in the ways of [their] heart[s] and the sight of [their] eyes” without knowing “that for all these things God will bring [them] into judgment.” The myth that “thirty is the new twenty” has misled our young men and women to waste their “defining decade”. “Your twenties matter. Eighty percent of life’s most defining moments take place by age thirty-five.” (The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, PhD) The decisions made in our twenties regarding marriage and career will define the rest of our lives. Youth is a time not to be wasted but rather to be the launch pad into the years of our adult lives. Our lives and our time on earth are a precious gift of God; one day we will be held accountable before God for how we have been spent. Let us “fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (12:13) The sooner we do this, the better!

世界對我們的青年撒謊,導致他們浪費生命中的關鍵歲月,“做你心所願做的,看你眼所愛看的” 卻不“知道,為這一切, 神必審問你。” “三十歲就是新的二十歲 thirty is the new twenty”的迷思誤導了我們的年輕男女,浪費了他們的“關鍵十年”。 “您二十多歲時很重要。人生中最具決定性的時刻中的百分之八十是在三十五歲前發生的。” (The Defining Decade 關鍵十年 by Meg Jay, PhD 梅格·傑伊)我們二十多歲時就婚姻和職業做出的決定將決定我們的餘生。 青年時期不應該被浪費,而應成為我們成年生活的起點。 我們的生命和我們在地球上的時間是上帝的寶貴禮物; 有一天,我們將在上帝面前對我們的生活向上帝交帳。 讓我們“敬畏 神,謹守他的誡命,這是人當盡的本分。” (12:13)我們越早這樣做越好!