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Youth Culture Lesson: Person of the Year

By Paul Asay | Freelance writer, Colorado Springs, Colorado | January 1 2014

Talk About It:

Most people would say Pope Francis impacted the world for the better. Do you think Christians can learn from his example? Do you think he's changed the way non-Christians, or people who are critical of Christianity, view the Christian faith?

Some people believe Pope Francis doesn't speak up enough about controversial moral issues. Would you agree? Or do you think his focus is where it should be?

Francis became Time's Person of the Year because, in part, he spent so much time focusing on other people—a rare thing for which to be acknowledged. Indeed, most people who think more about other people don't get much recognition at all. Can you think of anyone who deserves some praise for putting others ahead of him or herself? What could you do to show appreciation?

You may never be in a position to be named a Person of the Year, but you still could make a big difference in 2014. What could you do to help make the coming year better for your parents? Your brothers and sisters? Your friends? Your youth group? How could you set a better example for those around you?

What the Bible Says:

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matt. 7:12).

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" (Col. 3:12).

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins" (1 Pet. 4:8).

"If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?" (1 John 3:17).

Paul Asay has covered religion for The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Beliefnet.com and The (Colorado Springs) Gazette. He writes about culture for Plugged In and wrote the Batman book God on the Streets of Gotham (Tyndale). He lives in Colorado Springs with wife Wendy and his two children. Follow him on Twitter.

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