There is a great need for youth ministers, pastors, counselors, teachers, and anyone else who works with our youth to understand – and I mean REALLY understand- the gifted, talented, and creative youth that God has placed in our care. I have seen TOO MANY gifted youths drop right out of and flat-out rebel against their faith-filled upbringings by how they were misunderstood and treated by well-meaning Christians who were trying to “save their souls” and make them act “normal” and, quite frankly, I am sick of it.
Yes. We all have been given the opportunities to embrace the Gifts of the Spirit upon accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior. Yes. I believe that all born again believers have access to those gifts. God talks about how His people are perishing for lack of knowledge in Hosea 4:6 and then in 1 Corinthians 12, God explicitly talks about how we have different gifts (ex. there’s a difference between Spiritual Wisdom and knowledge) and how we are all uniquely designed to play different roles within the body of Christ so we shouldn’t try to compare ourselves to each other to change each other.
Why am I saying all of this? Well, two reasons:
- Gifted children grow up to be gifted adults who have the potential to change the world! (Think Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Steve Jobs, even Hitler).
- Gifted children have insane identity struggles that satan has and will take advantage of in trying to cast doubt and anger upon their faith by the way they are treated by the church, even by well-meaning members.
Considering the fact that History has proven that gifted minds have altered reality more than once for the rest of the planet from social injustices to technological advancements, don’t you think that it is about time that the Body of Christ makes a stand against any more of God’s gifted children being lost on the enemy’s battlefield? How do we take a stand against satan and protect our gifted youth? By equipping ourselves to empower them. We equip ourselves through studying, learning, and doing our best to understand these youth. We have to learn how God created them so unique not just intellectually but socially, emotionally, and even physically as well. We have to realize that as a whole, most people do not get gifted kids. Yes. This is a form of science, but God created science! It points back to Him. Real science proves His Word true!
Please, please share the resources that I share with you through my blogs, websites, Facebook page, etc…with others. Please help me fight for these children. Please help me get other Christians’s awareness that this is a need in the community of believers in both church pews and private schools. These gifted children need us and our planet needs them.