Youth Sermon Illustrations

Youth Sermon Illustrations

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A man is as young as his faith, as old as his doubt; as young as his self-confidence, as old as his fear; as young as his hope, as old as his despair.

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin but giving up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Fortunate are we mortals in discovering that each individual has a fountain of youth within himself—that to keep it ever flowing, he need only be confident of the future and strong in the courage of his convictions.—Anonymous, (Courtesy of Sun Press, Inc.)

Needed for today's youth: itching pills, not tranquilizers.

I don't feel the least hostile to young people or bothered about them. I don't understand them, but when I was young, people didn't understand me. It's a perfectly natural process.—E. M. Forster, quoted in Forbes

There is a growing feeling that the juvenile is turning out to be an incorrigible hoodlum threatening our standard of living. ... The teenager is weary of being brushed aside by a disinterested parent. He is discouraged at being just another behavior study for a child psychologist, too ... For every three juvenile delinquents, America has 97 decent, honorable, law-abiding young citizens. The sins of the three are visited upon the 97 and American youth in the aggregate endures and suffers criticism for the unlawful aggressions of the minority.—Edward S. Piggins, Police Commissioner of Detroit

The biggest difference between men and boys is just the cost of their toys.

Teenagers who whistle at girls in the street are merely going through a stage—which'll probably last 50 years.—Leo Fuld

Youths who leave home to set the world on fire often come back for more matches.

Applying at the accounting department for his first job, the recent high school graduate was momentarily stymied by a question on the application blank which read: 'What machines can you operate?"

Pausing briefly, he finally wrote: "Slot and pin ball."—Chicago Daily News Weekend

The girl who was invited on her first date called her pastor to get some advice about it. He said, "If your boyfriend places his hand on one shoulder, I'll not worry. If he places his hand on the other shoulder, I'll not worry; if he places his head on your shoulder, I'll do some conscientious worrying." She had her date and came back to her pastor a couple of weeks later and he said, "How did you get along?" "Well, pastor, my boyfriend placed his hand on one shoulder and then on the other shoulder and then, pastor, I decided to place my head on his shoulder and let his own preacher do the worrying about the situation."—Judge Luther W. Youngdahl, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Indiana Freemason

A television producer recently planned to take his cameras to a large metropolitan high school in order to picture the confusion and drift of teenagers. A team of interviewers went into the high school beforehand to look for weird specimens of the shook generation, juvenile thugs, wild dressers, cool cats, and so on. The whole show eventually had to be called off because the interviewers could not find any wild people. The school was full of regular teenagers who do homework, drink Cokes, listen to records, cheer at football games, worry about their weight and acne, look at television, go to dances, and wonder about what they are one day going to do for a living. As far as American teenagers are concerned, these activities seem to be about par for the course-television and Hollywood notwithstanding.—John R. Fry, Presbyterian Life

Too many parents provide sanitary cups for their children's lips while letting their brains drink out of the dirtiest containers for words and thoughts.

After a junior high school class toured the White House, the teacher asked each student to write impressions of the visit. One boy wrote: "I was especially glad to have the opportunity to visit my future home."

There's little need to worry about what will become of today's young people. They'll get old and worry about what will become of young people.—Billy Arthur, Quote

Today teenagers sometimes call their parents triangles. You know what a triangle is—that's a square with something missing. Perhaps the thing that is missing is consistency in adult thinking.—June Parker Goldman, Speech at Illinois JHS Association Spring Conference, 1960

In our civilization all is planned for youth and too little for age.—Arthur Brisbane, The Kiplinger Magazine

If all you know about teenagers is what you read in the papers, you'd better get out and meet a few of them.—Bill Vaughan, VFW Magazine

After a ruthless process of rejection, five applicants for the post of errand boy remained to be interviewed.

The interviewer sought to amuse himself by asking the boys puzzling questions to test their real knowledge.

"How far away from the Earth is the North Star?" was the question fired at one shiny-faced youngster.

"I'm sorry I cannot give you the exact figure offhand, sir," was the reply. "But on a rough estimate I should say that it is far enough away not to interfere with my running errands."

He got the job.

British Railways officials, appealing to the children of Bootle, England: "Stop putting your heads on the track in front of approaching trains. Locomotive drivers are getting so nervous over this practice that many refuse to operate trains going anywhere near Bootle."

The youth of a nation are the trustees of posterity.—Benjamin Disraeli

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