Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
Timothy was a very young person, and someone encouraged him saying, “Don’t let them look down on you because you’re young. You have good leadership skills.”
Our Feed the Hunger event in Spokane was a direct experience of that. Our young people have really good leadership skills. They stepped out in front and they led an entire community of people.
Adults followed their lead because they saw these young people getting excited about doing something that means selflessness, not selfishness. These young people said, “We want to serve. We want to serve people who are hurting. We want to get outside of our own selfish needs. We want to help other people, because we have and they don’t. We want to help with that.” At any age, fifteen years or three years, that’s pretty exciting.
The effects of their leadership weren’t limited to just that one day, either. A Spokane church called and said, “Our fourth graders have challenged our high school youth group to a Feed the Hunger meal kit challenge. Who can package the most meals?” The public schools have called in to say they want to host an event. A guy that works at a bank stopped in to see what we were doing and got excited and said, “What if we got together and we did this as a bank?” Well, no problem! We’re mobile. We can go to all these places: churches, schools, banks, and more!
And there’s even more to what these young leaders accomplished. You see, now any time there’s a crisis, they’re going to be able to unite a community. They built faith within their community, and now, if a situation like Haiti hits and we launch a Feed the Hunger campaign, the whole community is going to know what we’re doing. They’ll know who we are, and they’ll join together to help.
These kids really got excited about how good they felt. They brought the money, because they went from house to house. They did whatever they could. Their parents didn’t do it, they did. And now they can say, “We did it. We put 75,000 meals into the food banks. And now people are going to be fed.”
And you do feel good to see people getting excited about feeding the hungry. The Gospel of Jesus Christ feels good. Our community is finding fulfillment because with every meal we package, we feed Jesus Christ Himself (Matthew 25). On January 22, we packaged 75,000 meals. We fed Jesus Christ 75,000 times! Think about that!
When you feed the Son of the Most High God 75,000 meals, you can’t not be fulfilled. The love and compassion that goes into that is your ultimate fulfillment. It’s why you’re here. It’s what you’re here for.