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We also need to ask: what can we learn from our children young people? How can their passion, faith and refusal to settle for the status quo challenge our own lives and ministries? Prince Harry told a group of Youth Council representatives this week: “The younger generation literally inspire me and probably all of us every single day.”

When Harry announced that he would be joined in his role by his wife-to-be, Meghan Markle, he drew applause and cheers from his young audience. Harry said: “I’m also incredibly grateful that the woman that I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, in which she too is hugely excited to take part in.”

Being a parent or a children’s, families or youth worker is tough. We will feel overwhelmed, under supported and utterly broken at times. But I wonder if, as the world gathers to celebrate young people from across the world, we need to take a leaf out of Meghan and Harry’s book and reignite our excitement for the important work we do. Because let’s face it; this is the best job in the world. Children and young people might be hard work sometimes but they are also “the answer to the challenges of today”.

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