Helpless, Not Hopeless

By Pastor Pat Giraldin |  February 14, 2018

I don’t know if it is just me or what, but it seems that the number of young people committing suicide is on the rise. It is more than disturbing; it is downright terrifying!
I am not an anti-technology guy by any means whatsoever, but I think our rapidly advancing technology is creating a vacuum of sorts, giving the youth of today false maturity. Let me explain. Information increases knowledge, and that previously came with age as you advanced through the education process. You could find things out, but if you wanted to know more, you had to do more: take more classes, go to the library and do research, etc. Not anymore. If you want to know something, anything, all you have to know is how to “Google” it. I am not saying this is bad, and as a matter of fact I think it is amazing, wonderful, and life changing for me as a speaker/writer and someone who needs to do research.
But what about our kids? They can get information without work, that is except the ability to type on a smart phone. This is great and awful at the same time. As adults we recognize the need for help, and that whatever the resource we need to go to get the help we need, there was someone who took time and effort to provide it. If we never had to work to find something, then it becomes almost impossible to relate to the someone who did, get it?
What I am saying is that information for our youth has become so easily findable, that when real struggles occur and immediate help is not available, then situations can “appear” to be hopeless. Hopelessness only has one path: to its own end, and sometimes that is the end of the person feeling hopeless. We need to help our kids and other adults to understand it’s ok to be helpless, it’s ok to need others, and no one is a failure just because they can’t figure it out on their one!
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Maybe it is time to point helpless people away from looking to solve everything on their own, because that is hopeless, and point them to Jesus to get the rest that they need...Get it?!

In His Grip,
Pastor Pat