American census: Who’s counting future leaders?


Well, it’s that time again, and hats off to the U.S. Census Bureau for their teamwork in tallying up the number of people in America. Occurring every decade, the census is like taking a people inventory to see what’s in stock. The phenomenon of counting people prompts me to ponder: What else should we count? Who’s counting? What really counts?

First of all, let’s willingly participate in the census, as it is mandatory and constitutional. Population figures will be used to assist in making us an even stronger country. Findings from statistical data analysis will help to ensure that funds are efficiently allocated to specific services.

In addition, I believe that what really counts is the number of potential God-fearing leaders who will be produced from current and future generations of young people. They are our future, yet there is an American responsibility to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to succeed. We also need to motivate them to embrace individual responsibility and accountability. Hats off to parents, educators, church leaders and community workers for their dedication and commitment to our youth.

Why? It is necessary for the voice of born-again believers to be represented in every segment of society, including schools, government and industry. The birth and implementation of policies and procedures impact the moral fiber of America. And early leadership training is necessary — early, good ole home training. What counts is family and family values. It starts at home, y’all. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). We want Godly lifestyles to continue as adults, and kids need to be trained, disciplined and educated, despite their career pathway.

So, how many graduates may be potential leaders, and how might we increase the percentage of college completions. What are adults doing to assist? Leaders creating leaders. Who’s counting the number of future leaders?

Good old-fashioned advice is this: It has been stated that you cannot bend a tree, so early discipline is crucial. Lead by example. Don’t say one thing, and then do another.

Hymnal: “Only what you do for Jesus Christ will be counted at the end. You may seek earthly power and fame. The world might be impressed by your great name. Soon the glories of this life will all be past, but only what you do for Christ will last.”

Final thought: Count your blessings.

Prayer: Lord, help us not to be so busy with our own stuff that we don’t reach back and pull some youth along. Lord, our youth are our future, so help them to grow in grace and be trained in the admonition and fear of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Lord, birth new leaders, and wrap them and America in Your care.

In Christ’s name and for His sake, amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at


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