How Can Young People Keep Their Way Pure?

Left to right:  Greg Routt, Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews, Laurie Bland, Atty. Eunice Jackson, Atty. Noah Hood, Dr. Desiree Pedesclaux, and Nathan P. Hood


Young people are often treated like second class citizens.  Older people often look at the young and just shake their heads with questions like this: “Why do they wear pants that sag, dresses and tops that seem so suggestive, and listen to music that I do not understand or enjoy?”  Some older folk write off the young almost as a lost generation.

The psalmist writes in Psalm 119 that the young people will keep their way pure if they guard their way according to the Word of God.  How does the Word of God help a person to “Keep their way pure?”

Nathan Hood, Ashlee Carter and  Noah Hood


People of all ages keep their way pure by seeking to balancing the path they take with the Word of God.  The Word of God teaches us to speak the truth, know the truth and live the truth.  Young people have their stress and strain points, but frankly, so do older people.  Unlike young people, older people have more money they can apply to things and ways that are contrary to the will of God.  Each of us would do well do “guard our path according to the Word of God.”   The Word of God teaches us to love our neighbor, love our enemy and to love ourselves.  The Word of God defines love as patient, kind, not jealous, irritable, resentful a rude.  When a person patterns their life after the life of Jesus Christ, what we find is that we actually can keep our way pure: regardless of our age.

Taylar Wardford and Chief Judge Denise Page Hood


Perhaps some may find it odd, but in looking back over my life, one of the main things that kept me out of trouble was the fear of doing something that would send me to hell.  The notion of the fear of going to hell is something I learned in church and Sunday School.  I thank God for my exposure to Jesus Christ.  I thank God for the Word of God.  I thank God for the faith that points to a truth beyond truth, joy beyond joy and love beyond love.

Psalm 119: 9 How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  • What are your thoughts about “Keeping young people pure?”
  • How would you further define, “Guarding it according to your word?”




Lord, hear my prayer on behalf of young people.  Bless the young with good roles models.  Bless the young that they might be sheltered from the ravages of war, hunger and poverty.  Lord, grant that the adults of this world might do their best to encourage the young, protect the young and lead the young to productive and meaningful lives.  Lord, bless our young people that they might guard your word, live by your word and love your word.  Bless them and keep them always in your way.  Through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.


Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 119:9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.