I have competed in fine arts for six years, each year I grew in my gifts and did better than the previous year. This year was the first time that I did not compete, but I learned so much from sitting behind the judges. Of course, when I was competing I would go see other people in my youth group perform their categories, but I was never able to completely enjoy their presentations because I was too busy thinking about my next category or how well (or terrible) I did in my last presentation. Not competing this year gave me the ability to fully enjoy and fully take in each presentation. I witnessed students who have something to say. A generation who wants to stand up and speak out. A generation who is in no way perfect, but they want to be used by God. This generation has an anointing. I know I've heard pastors tell many groups of students that they will be the ones to start a revival.
If we want to see revival let's cultivate it in the next generation.
Instead of waiting around for the next Billy Graham to appear on the scene, let's plant the seeds of revival in students.
They already have the passion. They already have the voices and the influence.
All they need is us to come along and encourage them. People to hold them accountable for their actions. We should not let them settle for less. Let's be there for them when they fall and rejoice with them in triumph.
The students that competed at Fine Arts this weekend will end up doing one of two things; they will either continue to develop their God given talents and use them to advance His kingdom or they will give up just because they did not advance to Nationals or win an award. Encourage your students to keep developing those gifts, even if they are never deemed "superior" they are glorifying God and touching lives. The greatest disservice we could do for students is to let them give up.
Start planting the seeds of revival in the next generation and watch them blossom.