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Tom Scotus

God Can Renew The Joy Of Youth

The scene reminded me of those long summer days that I enjoyed as a child. Water gun fights. Going to the corner store for ice cream. Lying down on the grass and talking with a friend. It’s hard for me to believe that summer vacation was only two months long. Those two months seemed to last forever. 

As we grow up, we seem to lose the intense pleasure we had doing the simple things we did as children. We need bigger things to really excite us: winning a lottery, buying a fabulous new home, going on a great vacation. Because those kinds of things don’t happen very often, most adults are usually pretty bored with their lives. So they often compensate in negative ways. They might drink too much, have affairs, go to strip clubs, or watch porn. Or, hopefully, they will compensate in more constructive ways: start their own business, write a novel, build a cottage near a lake, etc. Most adults usually make do with the quiet pleasures of doing well at work, having a successful marriage and raising well-behaved children.

Adult life certainly can be boring, stressful, frustrating and disappointing – much of the time. The temptation is strong to take the “broad and easy road” that the devil promises to get some kicks out of life or, at least, dull the pain. It’s a lot more difficult to take the “hard and narrow road” that leads to eternal life. However, I am convinced that if you do take that tough road, God will renew the joy of your youth.