Along Life's Road

Spiritually cultivate, morally water, and culturally nurture the seeds of youth

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11

Sometime ago, while browsing through a thrift store, I came across and bought a book filled with beautiful, colorful illustrations, that I have not seen since my childhood. The book was written by Arthur Stanley Maxwell, administrator of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and whose life spanned January 14, 1896 to November 13, 1970.

The book bears the wear and tear of the passage of time on a few of the pages, not so much from handling and turning of pages from constant reading but from crayon marks by a young child.

One of the chapters of this book brings attention to “the road to radiant youth”. The riches of any country are its people – especially the youth, who, without doubt, continue the journey of the country. Not only here, but in other places there is a terrible satanic assault on the youth.

School has reopened with face-to-face learning and we cannot afford to play with our “treasure” as it is stored in earthen vessels and subject to fall and be broken into pieces that are and cannot be put together again. The serious loss of young lives to death and destruction!

Although Maxwell has long departed this life, his words of biblical proportion remain. Today, I share with you the road to radiant youth.

The highway to happy childhood and the road to radiant youth are one and the same – only the grades are different.

In both cases, the essential element is knowledge of God and His word; but while for children this must be imparted by parents and teachers, for youth it must be personally absorbed and applied.

To the question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” the psalmist answered, “By guarding it according to thy word.” (Psalm 119:9) The way of life must be guarded according to the word of God. This calls for prayerful study of the Bible and resolute action to harmony with its teachings – two vital phases of a personal experience.

David continued, “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119: 10-11)

Laying up the word involves memorizing it, thinking about it, and putting it into practice. It means giving God first place in all of one’s plans and decisions.

Fortunate is the youth who starts out with this understanding of what matters most in life. With God’s word in his heart, he will be guarded from all evil. His determination to walk in harmony with God’s law will invite the blessings of Heaven. In simple goodness and humble nobility, his life will become ever more radiant with the glory of God. This was powerfully illustrated in the life of Daniel, the young prince of Judah, who was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar about 606 B.C.

Because Daniel walked with God from day to day, he became God’s messenger to reveal and interpret the king’s forgotten dream. As a result, he was made prime minister of Babylon.

“Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men.” (Daniel 2:48)

In the book of Joel, there is a prophecy concerning youth in the latter days of the world’s history. It says that among other happenings, God will pour out His spirit upon all flesh. As a result, sons and daughters will prophesy and young men shall see visions. If this time has come, as indeed it has, it should be a moment of high expectancy for all youth.

He wants to give them visions. Not of worldly grandeur but of service splendid and sublime. Not of secular objectives but of his plans for the grand consummation of his eternal purpose. Not of vast stores of human learning – valuable though they may be – but of the rich measures of his word.

Young people thus richly endowed will find the road to radiant youth to be “The path of the righteous” which “is like the morning sun, shining even brighter till the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4:18).

For us to become that powerful excellent and all-embracing nation, we must not take our eyes of the formulae necessary for achievement, and that is to spiritually cultivate, morally water, and culturally nurture the seeds of our youth.

These formulae must begin with the parents. The harvest will rest upon the beginning of the lives of the youth. So goes the parents, so goes the nation.

• E-mail or Write to P.O. Box, 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas, with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God’s blessings.

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