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TITLE: Generation Infuencers
By Sandra DeHoogh
10/01/08
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Creating a brochure to gain support in continuing placement of our year 7-8 teacher in our local high school; subject Christ. It is aimed at our community which is mostly non churched. To me it reads a bit long and rough .... please help.
Have you ever felt or longed for passion, a total sense of completeness to rise up from somewhere in the core of you? To be able to breath in deeply and drink in a depth of value and purpose even in the face of obvious suffering be it personal or imposed?

This completeness is a treasure that money can't buy, position canít demand and family canít consistently deliver and is bestowed by grace, maintained by humble relationship and wincingly expanded by suffering. We recognize itís fruit embellished in the lives of some around us, being drawn to it hungrily and basking in the overflow like a child to ice-cream. Without itís presence in our lives, we frantically grasp at band aids trying to anesthetize the emptiness with activity, food, stuff, fame.

Here is a place of rest yet amazing productivity, exhilarating fun yet sobering responsibility, absolute adoration yet paralyzing fear yet is so potent, that even if only embraced by a few, communities enjoy the fragments of crumbs left in itís wake. So concentrated that this essence will leave an amazing legacy for decades of generations although itís abandonment results in total degradation of society.

So valued throughout history, nations were founded and cultured around building a framework to protect and encourage itís growth. Sadly, ownership of this substance dies with each individual, expanding into generations but the protocol and traditions linger leaving a habit but void of motive, passion or clue to itís origin. Amazingly, these traditions still incur some beneficial results, some would call them manners or proper behavior but with our hearts left behind having limited memory of this treasure we are chasing, direction eludes us. Life has no target, purposelessness and boredom replace the coveted passion and completeness and we randomly wonder away from itís source, each generation seemingly a little more distant and ignorant than the last.

Where did we loose this essence that we would lay our lives down for? And for some, not having even tasted it, how do we find something we donít really realize we lost? Isnít this all there is? Aren'tí we to expect people to continually decline morally? Why pursue something that seems like the wind and if it were caught, how would it be felt it anyway, now emotionally illiterate and numb?

Our children are asking these questions. They are desperate to live life to the full, to experience and embrace a deep satisfaction. Where are the answers? Silently they look to the generations before them and find that passion has been suffocated by expectation and responsibility. They look to their peers and find behavior motivated solely to elicit acceptance, purpose and love. Are they to be left alone in their pursuit of fulfillment their only hope to stumble over it by chance? Canít anyone point them at least in the right direction or are they to loose all hope and resign into lipid passivity as others have before them?

The answer to that is a resounding NO!!. They were designed to live from the heart, to be fully alive with abundant energy, freedom and an amazing sense of purpose. Although no one can claim to provide answers to all of life's questions, there are people able and prepared to stand as ďsignpostsĒ and point to the source of completeness, who can show them a substance of incredible depth, of One who is waiting to restore relationship, renewing passion and purpose.

You can put these people in reach of our generationís children as mentors and inspirers. You can become such a person. You were created for such a time as this.
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