I’m currently working on a song to support the LDS youth theme for 2009 (it’s going to the vocalist today), and I must admit I’m curious about something. The theme is:
The thing I wonder is why the first phrase, “Let no man despise thy youth…” was omitted. I’m sure there are good reasons–no quarrels with the theme as it stands, but… I think the pat on the back that phrase offers to our young people is a well-deserved counterbalance to all the flack they get for their driving skills and other perceived vices.
The young people of my ward (translation: local congregation of the LDS church) are wonderful kids. I love to sit next to them in choir, to hear what they’re doing and what their concerns are, to let the girls steal my grandbaby when he visits, to see the excitement as young men who grew up too fast wait for their mission calls… Of course, I don’t know them all, but if the ones I do know are any indication, they’re great people, and are making a superb contribution to the world.
It’s amusing that Paul would caution Timothy about youth–it seems funny to me, in our modern world where “young” is good and “old” is somehow less desirable. (The alternative isn’t all that appealing, now is it?) At any rate, some of the people I love best are half my age, or half that, and I hope they include themselves in Paul’s “no man,” and never feel they’re too young to make a difference.