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in Philippines, January-February 2010
By Irene May R. Waban
By Irene May R. Waban
7th Consolation Prize Winner
The author is in Fourth Year, Section Einstein, at Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School, Cagayan de Oro City.
There are changes that took place in our environment as well as our technology today that have great advantages for us, especially those who want to share and spread around the world the word of God. As we compare it with long, long, time ago, we can really never imagine how life would be if no changes had happened.
Before, we the youth, would listen to the long speeches and stories of the preachers that would take for how many hours that would make the whole time, lifeless or what we called ‘boring’. Most of us, the youth, found it hard to listen to because for us, it’s a session that would make no sense at all because it didn’t please us. We want to have fun, to enjoy and to explore with happiness and excitement. We have the energy that we want to use it to have our pleasures.
Having this digital generation today has brought fundamental shifts in patterns of communication and human relationships. It is also a one-way process in teaching the youth about the word of God. It also helps preachers with an easy way for teaching the youth. We, the young people, the youth of our generation, are the most prone to these changes. We are attracted to the new gadgets and new equipment that hunger our pleasure because they are ‘in’ to most of us or the majority.
We, the youth, are fond of sharing things that are just being discovered. We love to share them because we have the will power and energy to do so. I have this friend of mine who really loves to share the word of God to everyone willingly. He is good in handling new gadgets like computers and others and he is using these in spreading the goodness of God. I witnessed how he is willing to let everyone know about God, the goodness of God and what God has done for us. It only proves that everyone can be a good evangelizer of this digital continent.
Our digital generation today attracts the young people, using gadgets in teaching other people about God. Most of the youth today love this for it energizes their spirits. Using these gadgets attracts other cultures to learn and to experience and to feel the presence of God. It is more preferable to use them than standing and having long speeches that tend to lead everyone not to listen and to got bored.
No matter how we shout for God’s word and share it with others, there will always be hindrances. Everything has its limitations and there will be a boundary that would really stop us from doing so. One these is financial problems. Well, it’s a number one problem for everyone especially the poor ones. We could never explore without money. We could never eat without money to buy food. We need money to enjoy and as well to share what God has done for us. Another problem is lack of moral support of our parents and other people. We need someone to push us or to support us in what we do. We need someone to guide us in the right way and in right timing. We can never do what we want if there is no one to be there for us to support of our parents and other people. We need someone to push us or to support us on what we do. We need some to push us or to support us on what we do. We need someone to guide us on the right way and in right timing. We can never do what we want if there is none to be there for us to support, to love and to care for us.
Our new technology today has its advantages and disadvantages. Though it is a great help to us, there will always be a bad effect. It makes us lazier because we depend on it. There are also temptations that would distract us. There are computer games and pornographic pictures and videos. But then, it is the effect of our new discoveries, so better be careful than to be a victim of computer addiction.
Everyone can be a responsible evangelizer of this generation. We are the ones who can choose our paths. It’s our choice and we can never blame others for our decisions. It is a great help if all of us love to share the goodness of God. But there will always be a devil or temptations that would hinder us. We can help each other. If we have the will, there’s always a way.