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Tell Your Teens to Take a Hike . . . Literally


John Stonestreet

Shane Morris

The Washington Post recently reported that some stuck-at-home teenagers are finding relief during this coronavirus chaos, from the news cycle, by stepping outside without their phones.

“…spaced a careful six feet apart, high school students are discovering a pastime typically enjoyed by older generations.” They’re taking walks.

One California teen described how she’s explored the trails near her home for the first time. “I could have gone through my entire high school and never gone up here,” she said, her normally clean shoes now caked with mud. And she has a rule for herself: No smart phone.

Studies indicate that just being in nature reduces stress. And that shouldn’t surprise us. We were made to marvel at this beautiful world, placed in a Garden by God to enjoy His handiwork. That some young people are rediscovering that handiwork, even in the midst of so much bad news, is a good thing…


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