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We ARE Young...So Let's Set the World on Fire!

When I was young - or at least younger,

gleek meant building up saliva in your glands
and jetting it out at impressive distancesas in
Ew dude! You just gleeked all over my
Sadly, the old school gleek term has been
replaced by this generations gleek - which is
not pure spittle used as a weapon of
annoyance, rather it describes anyone who is a
pure fan of Glee and is not ashamed to show
itas in
Joe: Hey, did you see the new episode of Glee last Wednesday?
Michael: Of course I did! I'm such a Gleek.
And of course there are a multitude of Gleeks who have been captivated by the shows amazing
ability to entertain with mashed up musical numbers and mixed up high school stereotypes in
snarky interactions.
And in a sense, Glee is a connecting point for anyone whos felt awkward, unaccepted,
intimidated, and self conscious in high school.
Oh wait, I guess that would be everyone who attended high school in the last 50 years.
In case you arent a gleek and you missed it, this last season ended with the vocally tight and
emotionally moving cover of fun.s We Are Young.
We are young
So let's set the world on fire.
We can burn brighter
Than the sun.
What made this performance so appealing to me was not the passion in the performers, and for
sure my appreciation of this song is not its celebration of getting high or falling down drunk.
(Side note kids - these habits will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you
want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.)
The appeal of season threes finale to me was
the visual portrayal of reconnection and
reconciliation between the characters.
Emotional fences were mended and bitterness
melted under the power of forgiving and

forgetting, and that coupled with spot on vocals

made me wish I was that young again and
ready to set the world on fire.
What about you? Most likely you are reading
this as a young person - although in my book
the concept of youth is as much mental as it is
physical. I know plenty of 15-18 year olds who are as crusty and crabby as a bitter invalid in an
assisted living facility, and I also know 30-50 year olds who have an unashamed vigor and tireless
energy for life that are as fun to watch as a homerun Glee performance.
So young or old, curmudgeonly or charismatic about life, isnt it about time we all set the world
on fire? Im not sure what is meant by that line in the song, but I do know how the Maker of this
world defines it:
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and
commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and
near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded
you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the
age" (Matthew 28:18-20, The Message).
These are some of the last words Jesus spoke
before He went back to heaven, but they are
more than just wordsthis is the match strike
that started the world on fire 2000 years ago
and the flames continue to blaze in every
corner of the planet! It started with 12 men and
has now grown to 2 billion people who have
the message that can bring all people into
reconnection and reconciliation with God.
The question is do you want to set your part
of the world on fire? Age doesnt matter in this
mission, friends. The only requirement is that you see yourself playing a role in fulfilling the heart
of God for those who are wallowing in the darkness and cold nature of life without a Savior. When
your mission, vision, focus, and priority in life is sharing the gospel and making disciples who
make disciples, you understand what it feels like to be young, because nothing on earth burns
brighter than the Son!
What a great way to start out the New Year, dont you think? Dont shrink your world into a
meaningless chase for happiness and contentmentcommit yourself to the Great Commission
THE Ultimate Causegiven to us by Jesus Christ Himself.
We ARE Young, so lets set the world on fire!

Whether youre a Glee fan or not, everyone can relate to the joy of being young and
living life like theres no tomorrow. Dont waste your youth or whatever time you have
left on this earth on meaningless pursuits and shallow dreams. Go set the world on
fire for Christ!

Jesus, you have made our hearts restless until they find
rest in You. Thank You for giving us this amazing
calling of going out into the world and making disciples. Give us a
heart of passion for the lost and help us be a light in this dark
Matthew 5:14-16. You are the light of the world. A city
on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a
lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and
it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your
light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Sometimes teenagers wonder whether they can really make a difference in the
world. But theres plenty of Biblical precedent for young people setting the world
on fire! Check out Greg Stiers free video training Why Young People.

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