Applauding youth for efforts

Apr. 26, 2013 @ 05:10 AM

It was certainly refreshing to read the front page of The Daily Courier on Thursday and see a story about area youth helping with home improvements.

One woman received a new roof.

Another had a ramp built for home. And others had porches fixed and yards cleaned.

The Mary Mullen Bible Camp in Bill’s Creek also had work done to help ready the camp for its opening this summer.

All-in-all, the work was part of Youth Missions Day in Rutherford County.

Over 90 youth volunteers utilized their Saturday to help better the community around them.

“They did such a terrific job and the roof looks so good,” homeowner Butch Melton told The Daily Courier. “It was so nice to see the youth working so willingly and they all had smiles. It was a joy to have them here.”

We couldn’t agree more.

With video games, smartphones and other distractions, it has become rare to see youth get out and do something for others.

We have long advocated for residents to get out and improve their surroundings, their neighbors and their community.

What these youth did over one Saturday speaks volumes as to the difference a group of people can make once they put their heads together and their hands at work.

In life, we have so many distractions that keep us from doing things like what these youth did on one Saturday.

There is work and personal lives. Those are things that can consume us and offer excuses as to why we can’t do this or that.

But, these youth were able to get past the day-to-day excuses and get out to do something that was not self-serving.

“It went so well and I was surprised at the youths’ enthusiasm. It was so awesome to see how they gave up their Saturday when they could have been sleeping in or hanging out with their friends ... to give up time to serve in their community they live was awesome,” said Zeke Stephenson, Youth Missions Day coordinator.

Again ... we couldn’t agree more.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board.

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The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.