Quiet For Our Teens

I saw the ad for the waterproof radio and thought, "Wow! They would LOVE that!" But then I thought about the hype and noise that would mar their one daily ritual that guarantees quiet. The teen body needs a daily quota of rest and food; the teen soul needs a daily quota of entertainment-free silence. Tongue in cheek, the late Mike Yaconelli wrote:
Hey, kids today are MTV kids! They can’t sit still for any length of time. Silence, solitude, prayer, meditation, fasting? All totally lame in the eyes of this generation! Nope, keep ’em busy, active, noisy, and shuttling from one Christian rock concert to another. Fill every moment of your program with something to do—otherwise you’ll lose their attention (which would be disastrous because then they’d have to pay attention to God and their souls.)
Our teens are thirsty for down time that doesn't involve noise, and if a long, hot shower is one way for them to get some, so be it.

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