Our solar system is moving
490,000 miles per hour around the center of our galaxy.

The earth is moving around the sun
at 67,000 miles per hour.

The surface of the earth at the equator moves
at a speed of 1,000 miles per hour around the earths axis.

That’s a lot of movement for one planet.
You say, “Who cares?”

That’s exactly the point.

For an earth that moves so quickly,
it seems like too many people are stuck.

They need to move more
To engage with those who live
in the world around them.

Why is there a crisis when it comes to our passion?
Why isn’t this generation more compassionate?

It could be that while the world is spinning one way,
we are turning the passion dial in the wrong direction.

Instead of turning passion up,
We are turning it down.

It could be that we have stifled passion
in the next generation without even realizing it.

Of course for any leader or parent who wants to stifle passion in their kids
here are some suggestions:

• Isolate them from people who are different than they are.

• Protect them from any experience that could be risky.

• Make sure you do for them what they can do for themselves.

• Get them involved in as many church programs as possible to keep them out of trouble.

• Keep them from leading anything significant while they’re young.

This generation is in danger of getting stuck in a version of Christianity that is never

What if Christianity has become too

We have spent so much time telling teenagers what they shouldn’t do,
we haven’t let them experience what God wants to do through them.

We need to sharpen our skills to
Incite Wonder
Provoke Discover
Fuel Passion
in the heart of the next generation.

We win as parents and leaders if our teenagers walk away one day and believe:

I am created to pursue an authentic relationship with my Creator.
I belong to Jesus Christ and define who I am by what He says.
I exist every day to demonstrate God’s love to a broken world.

These beliefs echo again what Jesus said two thousand years ago about how
we are supposed to love God and our world.

There was genius in what was contained in His message to
“Love the Lord your God… and love your neighbor as yourself.”

This one passage holds the key to the
and belonging
that characterize the passage to healthy adulthood.

That’s why it’s so important to appeal to the passion instinct
in the hearts of teenagers while they are still with us.

It can solidify their role on this planet.

What are you doing to either cultivate or stifle a heart of passion in your kids?