First Person: Our Future Leaders

Jeremy RutledgeAll Enews, Next-Gen

Friday, September 6th, one of the most amazing and inspiring things I have ever seen occurred on the high school football field in Noxon, a small town in western Montana. After the game with Heart Butte, members of the Baptist Mountain Church Youth Group who attend Noxon school decided to be the example to the community. Putting aside the competitive spirit of small-town football, they invited the opposing team to pray with them on the 20-yard line. Before long, both teams were out there, joining in the prayer. I haven’t a clue what they were praying for, but I imagine one of the prayers was for this town. There have been many inspiring and encouraging comments from members of this town through the local social media.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NKJV) says, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” What these young men have just done takes such courage these days that is so rare and it is so inspiring to me and this town. THESE are the young men and women that will be leading this country one day and this gives me great hope for my children’s future.

Please join me and lift these young men and women, along with so many other students like them all over the country, up in prayer. They are our future, follow their example, stand up for Christ. If our youth put God back into our schools where He belongs, when they are leading this country one day there He will also be, leading them.

About the Author

Jeremy Rutledge

Jeremy and his wife, Christa, and two daughters live in Noxon, Montana. Jeremy is the youth pastor at Baptist Mountain Church in Noxon.