Let no one despise you for your youth, but be an example in speech, conduct, love, faith, purity and devote yourself to the public reading of scriptures, exhortation, teaching as its Biblically written.
By Michael Woira
I was inspired by the sermon that the curate of Rubaga Rev. Fr Deogratius Kiibi Katerega gave yesterday when the nation was attending the last church mass saying farewell to our great icon and artist Moses Sekiboogo (Mowzey Radio).
On several occasions, fellow youth have failed to catch up with the present cultural values of being respectful and avoiding any issues that may cause danger to their wellbeing and also life in particular.
Because the youth think at 18 or joining campus they are grown-ups, they prefer living alone and this has turned many of them into disrespectful human beings in that they can do whatever they feel like without anyone's intervention, many opt for drugs, alcohol and also use of many other dangerous substances which are not only harmful but disastrous to them and their brains.
As it is our norm not to say evil things about the dead, I will follow that line, but stick to a few issues that we as the youth should always abide by for us to have a productive life that our fellow youth can cherish.
Let's command and teach these things to ourselves. Let no one despise you for your youth, but be an example in speech, conduct, love, faith, purity and devote yourself to the public reading of scriptures, exhortation, teaching as its Biblically written.
Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given to you by God when your religious leaders laid their hands on you. Practice these things; immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching in the holy book that you believe in. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
My attention was much based on the sermon, Katerega really put his emphasis on the mistakes that we normally commit as the youth and he also gave several alternatives, money and riches that we sometimes get while in our youthful days makes us change into wild people, we see ourselves as the greatest Ninjas, kick-boxers and great fighters forgetting that respect and calmness are the greatest acts of life.
But, leaving that aside, the process of self-transformation should be given a priority by the youth because it's what will trigger consistent results not only in changes in motivation, identity, vocabulary and attitudes but also in positive behavioural changes.
Such changes in orientation and behavioral strategies and skills have a domino effect which affects and frequently improves our peer and professional relationships as well as, even more significantly, the dynamics of our family unit as a whole.
We have learnt our lesson out of the past events that have led to the loss of lives of our dear icons and we should consider them as learning points for us to always know that our life is precious so we have to be mindful about whatever we do.
Rest in peace Radio
The writer is a Pan Africanist