A few months ago, a certain foreign celebrity tweeted, “Be young! Be foolish!” The tweet got more than 2000 retweets and favorites.

The fact that people seem to agree with the tweet bothered me.

“We are young, therefore we should spend our youth by doing foolish and stupid things.” Is this the message or the mindset that we want to give to the youth? I suggest that our answer should be a big NO.

Instead, I would like to encourage my fellow youth to pursue wisdom. Let’s not waste our years being foolish, and doing things that we will regret later on in life.

In Proverbs 1: 20-21 it says,


Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;”


Imagine this: wisdom is shouting at us, telling us to listen to it—to follow it.

But why follow it? Why pursue it? Proverbs 24:13-14 tells us:


“My son, eat honey, for it is good,
and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.”


However, it’s hard to be wise. Trust me, I know. Where do we get the wisdom? How do we get it? Like all things, we need God’s grace. We cannot depend on our own ability. That’s why the Bible says in James 1:5,

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

And in Proverbs 2 it says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; …”

Depend on the Lord. Ask for it! Put your faith in Him, and He will give it to you.

But let me encourage you with one more verse,


Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12


Don’t waste your youth. Don’t spend it by being foolish. Instead, make the most of it by making wise choices and working on your relationship with God.