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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)

TITLE: Being the Now
By Donna Powers


Hey Lissa,

So, last night I got Parent Lecture #45 again. Youíve probably heard it, too. It starts out: ĒWhen I was your ageÖĒ, morphs into: ďYour attitude needs some serious readjustment, young ladyÖĒ and ends with the ever-popular: ďDo you want to be flipping burgers for the rest of your life?Ē

Like they think thatís gonna motivate me. As if.

But, it did get me thinking about some serious stuff. We both know that the tired speeches donít make Impact One on our brains. You and the others at the youth group are probably the only ones who will understand when I say that even though thereís probably a part of me that admires and respects the parents, they really donít get it about how our heads work.

So hereís what Iím thinking.

You know how Pastor Miller is always telling us that weíre the Future of the Church? How we can develop ourselves now, and build a Foundation for the Future? How the adults need to help us grow into people who can spread the Good News and reach the world for Jesus?

Come to think of it, his sermons are kind of holier versions of those Parent Lectures, although of course he throws some Bible verses on top of them like a bunch of sacred parsley.

Whoa. I was getting off-track. But hereís the point: I donít want to be the Future. I want to be the Now.

Iíve got all this energy and all these ideas inside my head. I know that some of it has to get plugged into school, and if I donít pick a college soon, my dad is gonna go ballistic. And if my brain doesnít kick in soon, I know Iím gonna fail that Math test next Tuesday. Donít even get me started on cleaning my room or washing the dishes. Been there. Heard that. But, I think thereís stuff we could do now Ė if we could only figure out how.

We both know thereís kids at school who do drugs. Thereís guys who brag about how many girls theyíve scored with, and we know who those girls are, too. Thereís other girls, who bring their neatly packed lunches to school, ditch them in the trash and then go puke in the bathroom. And then thereís the kids who pretend that theyíre Goth Ė but everybody hears them talking about Wicca. Donít they know that stuff can really mess up your head?

So whoís gonna tell them the truth about God? A teacher? A pastor? A counselor? Not a snowballís chance inÖ well, you know where.

But we could reach them. We could be their Now.

I know that you think Brother Mark is awesome. I agree heís a really nice guy, but lately all he has us doing in youth group is a quick devotional and then sitting around playing Bible Pictionary. Donít get me wrong, thatís fun and I donít want to stop. But maybe we can do more. Maybe we could pray, and learn about what to say when one of those Goth kids is standing right next to us at his locker, and the Spirit whispers ďItís timeÖ.Ē

Iíve seen the look on your face sometimes, during the invitation at church. I know what youíre thinking, because itís the same thing that I am: if I only knew what I donít know, I could ask someone to help me find whatever it is that I need to know. You know?

Because it really is all about Now. Itís part of the faces of every kid at our school. Itís buried under my pile of dirty socks, and crammed between the pages of my notebook. Itís just beyond how hot Bobby Sutton looks in his red board shorts. Itís part of the energy of our football games, and itís inside the music that comes out of my clarinet. Itís down deep, in a dust-covered Bible that I donít know enough about because most adults can only see us as the Future. They canít see beyond our mistakes to reach the parts of us that arenít mistakes.

So what do you say? Are you up for it? Wanna be part of the Now?

Gotta go. Momís starting Lecture #27 now. Itís the old: ďDo you think that your dinner dishes wash themselves?Ē routine. Good old mom. Wonder if she can help.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 06/15/07
Surely this was written by a teen or someone who knows them very well. The heart and spirit and energy of the teen are laid out for all to see in an excellent story.
Leigh MacKelvey06/16/07
Kudos! One of my favorites! I really think this will be well received by teens!
Orignal ... and an exellant job!
Leigh MacKelvey06/16/07
Kudos! One of my favorites! I really think this will be well received by teens!
Orignal ... and an exellant job!
Patty Wysong06/21/07
I really like this one! You captured how teens think and talk...they really do want to be the now, not just the future. Great message for us to Help them be the now!! :-) Hugs!