Among Our Youth

William Adam Lee Justice

Albert E. Farley

May 12, 2006, was a culminating day for a special young man from Crum, West Virginia. On this day, after many months of reading and much study, Adam Justice was knighted as a member of The Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe in Charleston and received the Phil M. Conley Founders Award from the West Virginia Historical Education Foundation.

Adam is the 14-year-old son of Debbie Sue Justice and the grandson of Clista Spaulding Farley. He was baptized into Christ September 22, 2003, and is a faithful member of the Lord's church at Crum.

Although Adam has just completed his Middle School years at Crum and has much study and learning ahead of him at Tolsia High School, the list of his accomplishments is impressive. While maintaining faithful and perfect attendances, he received merit and achievement awards for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. In the Appalachian Studies Project, he achieved Individual First-Place. He was selected as a 2006 Marshall University Booth Scholar. He also received recognition by the National Beta Club, West Virginia chapter for Outstanding Achievement and Character: WV First-Place Essay, Second-Place Social Studies, and Second-Place Art (Colored Pencils).

Adam also loves music. In addition to playing his keyboard at home, he plays Tenor Sax in the school band at Crum Middle School and at Tolsia High. He was selected 1st Chair on the All-County Band. He attended band clinics at Marshall and at Moorehead State Universities where he was recognized with 1st Chair honors.

Adam has a good heart and is a good help at home to his mother and grandmother. He loves animals and helps his mother care for 3 dogs and many cats and chickens. He gives names to all of them. In community service, he has helped pick up highway trash through the Adopt-A-Highway Program for the past 3 years.

When the apostle Paul came to Lystra and Derbe on his second missionary journey, he found a young man who was well spoken of by the brethren. Acts 16:1-3. Paul selected him to go with him on his missionary travels. How had Timothy prepared himself for this great work? He had learned the scriptures and received his faith in his childhood from his grandmother Lois and mother Eunice. Now he was ready to continue his learning for greater service by the side of Paul. 2 Timothy 1:5, 3:14-15.

Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, instructing him how to behave in the church. We commend the frequent reading of these letters by all of our young men and women in the church today. A special section from Paul's letters to Timothy is 1 Timothy 4:12-16: "Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you."

We are thankful for Adam and for all of our good young men and women in the church today. May all of their studies, ultimately and foremost, help them to progress toward greater and more faithful service to God and their fellowman through Jesus Christ in His church. -Editor. (If you would like to recognize the achievements of your young people, please send your articles to us.)


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