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7 months ago · · 0 comments

Covid-19, now what next to the youth?

Covid-19, now what next to the youth?

Young people are a special group in the society. In Kenya, the youth are the majority. In times of war, the young and youth were the ones who went to war. In this pandemic times, everybody is at war. But then, where are the young people? Where are our majority?

By now, we all know the basics of what Covid-19 is and the government and WHO has given various measures and directives on what is required of us, to stay safe.

Most of these directives have without doubt affected our social freedom. For a young person, not going to school, meeting with friends or social gatherings, being locked etc definitely fuels to other concerns eg depression, increased idle time to engage in vices, etc.

Now that we must comply with the directives, how can a young person survive these quarantine times?

1.) You are not alone
Its comforting to learn that, Covid-19 does not affect you alone (only). We are in this together.

So, open up and share the burden on how you feel about it to people near you. Get all the information you need about it. Ask questions.

Bible verses :
Hosea 4:6 – My people perish for lack of knowledge
Prov 5:23- we die because of lack of discipline
Job 36:12- if they do not listen, they perish and die without knowledge

2.) pray for peace and guidance

This is the time. Today is the day! It’s time to stop reading the headlines and start lifting our head and heart to the One who can do something about it( 2nd chronicles 7:14)

While it is good to be informed, it’s also overwhelming to consume all the media surrounding the current situation. Instead choose to use your time to remember the promises found in God’s Word

Other Bible verses
Matthew 11:28-30
2nd Pet 3:9
Phil 4:19
John 14:27
Psalms 139:2-3

3.) Do not fear, instead build your faith

Do not fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear but power (2nd Tim1:7). God is in control. Ours is to trust in Him.

As the Lord is in control of every falling sparrow, so he also is in control of every virus molecule. As Jesus said, “Fear not, therefore” (Matthew 10:31). He’s got this.

“Happy is the one who fears the Lord” (Psalm 112:1). It’s only when we take that feeling—a feeling that many of us are naturally having toward the coronavirus right now—and apply it to God that we find true peace, hope, and even happiness. He alone is a secure rock. He alone is huge and in control. He alone is to be feared. “Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints!” (Psalm 34:9)

Other verses :
2nd cor 12:9
……….

What you can do
1) engage engage.
Find something to do. Don’t be idle. Start a project (keep chicken), help your parents in the farm, write articles online, try a new recipe, bake, cook, etc. Don’t be idle.
2) encourage others
Open a whatzup group or Facebook page and invite your fellow youth and share. Encourage each other, share bible verses, bible trivias etc.

Conclusion :
We are where we are, in a time like this for a reason. Jer 29:11 says, God has good plans for us.
In the story of Esther 4:14, Mordecai nailed it when he said, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the royal palace for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14 NIV). God loved the Jewish people. And, he didn’t create Esther’s beauty and finesse for her and her alone. Esther was placed in a royal position to assist in the delivery of God’s divine plan.

What can you do, oh dear youth, in a time like this?

No part of our lives is untouched. God is in control of every aspect, whether we want him to be or not, and there is nothing that is not subject to him (Hebrews 2:8). And, the best thing we can do for our lives is to search for and surrender to his will.

God bless you.

Caren Gichana
Counseling Psychologist/Addiction Counselor
0724 808 808

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