This is sort of part of my reaction to the problems I mentioned recently when a group of kids decided that our flats would be an appropriate place to engage in the mystical quest of the ASBO. I found it on another blog and have borrowed it with their permission. It’s not a particularly Christian position, but it’s still pretty good….
“Always we hear the cry from teenagers, “What can we do, where can we go?” My answer is, “Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, visit the sick, join in with the community, be a volunteer in your community, do something to help others, study your lessons and after you have finished, read a book.
“Your town does not owe you recreational facilities, and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again”.
“In other words grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone , not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday, Someday is now and that somebody is you…” taking from text by John Tapene from New Zealand.