He doesn’t walk with teenage swagger, wear the latest must-have fashions or drive the fanciest car. He’s not the high school quarterback or the class president. Sixteen year old Zach does not spend a moment of his day keeping up with the Jones’ or bowing down to peer pressure. He just walks through his young life confidently being who he was created to be.
I met Zach a couple of years ago and knew there was something very special about him. He does not put on airs and is more comfortable in his own skin than just about anyone I know. He doesn’t concern himself with what others think of him when he drives his jeep… or when he performs in plays.
Zach has a deep understanding about many things in life from people to their customs and how those things work together to make our world work. He is not argumentative and yet he compassionately displays his position on all things human. He has drawn clearly defined lines regarding his life, boundaries, spirituality and humanity.
I’m old enough to be his great grandmother and yet I feel such a connection with this amazing young man. I’ve watched intently as he interacts with adults and children, the elderly and animals. He’s kind and compassionate, yet bold as a lion, in a quiet sort of way.
In today’s world, we see girls with pink hair and boys with their noses pierced. I ask myself how our nation ever survive with this next generation of leaders. After all, I just can’t seem to get behind and vote for a presidential candidate who has tongue piercings and tattoos the entire length of his arm that chronicle all his… umm… conquests.
And then I see Zach. He walks in the room and suddenly it is a better place just for his having entered. He is thoughtful in the words he speaks and they have a powerful impact on the breadth of reach. He is a leader. Though he doesn’t stand in the masses shouting his promises or trying to gain attention, he quietly directs our world to move in a better, more positive direction.
I am honored to know Zach and every time I see him, I have hope that the heartbeat of America will be alive and well long after my heart has stopped and I cross over into eternity. He accepts individuals for who they are and does not judge. Yet, he immediately sees right through façade and will not entertain the self-absorbed or arrogant.
Zach brings equilibrium to my world when I’m around him. His balanced temperament helps me find true north and keeps today’s world on its axis. Thank you, Zach, for having the courage to remain true to who you are despite the greatest peer pressure known to man. Thank you for seeing through falsehood, for looking beyond faults in others to see their needs, and for being just who God created you to be.
If I were a kid, I’d want to be just like you when I great up. Kudos to you, wise young man. You are one amazing individual.