YOUNG VOICES: Be thankful for all leaders, not just politicians

2012-11-12T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Be thankful for all leaders, not just politiciansBy Hannah Byma nwitimes.com
November 12, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The election has got me thinking. We have some great political leaders, but I also know some other great leaders in my life.

I think about the teachers at my school. They lead me toward getting a great education and teaching me to become a well-rounded individual. They lead me in my Christian walk and are examples of how to live as a Christian in a world where there are troubles and things that will get me down.

I also think about my youth group and church. My youth group is full of awesome leaders. One of the main reasons that I go there is because of them. They never fail to pose tricky questions that make me think about my life and decisions. They also never fail to make me laugh. They help me with my faith and how to live it out. There are other leaders in my church that I look up to and know will always be there to help me out.

I have leaders in my family, too. Being the youngest child, my two older brothers lead me in ways of life and what to do and what not to do. They probably don't know it, but I really do watch what they do and learn from them.

My parents lead me in decisions in my life that I would have no clue how to make without them. They are probably the biggest leaders in my life. I learn from them every day. Sure, we don't always get along, but I still listen to what they have to say.

My friends are leaders, too. I have some pretty great friends who make me laugh and keep me on the right track. I try to pick friends that won't lead me down the wrong paths of life, but will walk with me down the right ones. I know I can count on them, and I love that.

We all have leaders in different areas of our lives. It's not just the political leaders we should take notice of. They are doing their best to help our country and make it better, but look at the leaders right next to you. Look at the leaders who affect you every day of your life.

I know there are some great leaders in my life and in yours too. I am thankful for all of the leaders put in my life. Anyone can be a leader without even knowing it.

Hannah Byma of Lansing is a junior at Illiana Christian High School. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.

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