Never Too Young: A Message To Our Youth
By Joel B.
Today I turned forty and when I look back on my life there are a lot of things I got right and there are a lot of things I wish I would’ve done differently. However, there is an upside to doing things wrong, and that is we can pass along our knowledge to others as to what not to do. Today I am going to attempt to share a little of both.
First, I want to let our youth know that it is never too early to get involved in ministry. You don’t need to get on a plane and fly to a third world country to do ministry. You can simply gather some friends and start a bible study in your neighborhood. Also, try doing some community service for people or organizations who really need the help. Sure it’s work, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little hard labor and you may not realize this, but you are actually healthier than a lot of people that would end up doing the work otherwise if you hadn’t volunteered.
I also want to send out the message that you should never underestimate how God can use you. Set an example for others at school. Be that person who helps those who get picked on or who need a friend. You may find out that the people that need your help are actually hurting inside and need someone to help release some of that anxiety that is building up. Also consider the need for these individuals to develop social skills so that they can find jobs and make friends once they graduate from high school.
Something not to do is assume that you know the Bible. When I was a teenager I was convinced I didn’t need to read the Bible because I knew right from wrong. I missed the point altogether. It’s true that man has an inherent understanding of good and evil, but there is so much more to the Bible than good and evil. It’s about joy, happiness, peace, relationships, and thousands of other important aspects of one’s life. Don’t sell yourself short and miss out on reading the bestselling book of all time.
Finally, don’t be in a rush to get into a relationship. People don’t realize that they when they have relationships they create spiritual ties. God has designed you to have a single spiritual tie with another individual who is to have a single spiritual tie with you. When you start having spiritual ties with multiple partners, you complicate things and you get into a danger zone. Wait for that special person God has chosen for you. You will know when they come along.
Friends, teens, youth, listen to these words. People often say you are the future, but there is more to it than that. You are the present as well. You can do big things today that make a difference; both in your life and in the lives of others. Don’t miss out on what you could’ve accomplished over having a “good time.” Go out there and bear spiritual fruit and show the world that you can make a difference now. Thank you for reading and God bless.