I’m young, and God doesn’t care.
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)
Though I have read this bible verse countless times, I have never had to hold unto these words as I have this year. From new ministerial positions, to graduating college, I have felt too inadequate for it all. Worst, is the feeling of being unqualified. Fortunately, God knows that if He calls us to something, it will always feel too big.
See, many young people use their age as an excuse for foolishness. Just because we are young, doesn’t mean we get to be irresponsible with the way we live our lives. I want to take a closer look at the five areas mentioned in 1 Timothy 4:12, and hopefully, how we can become an example to others in maturity.
And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
James 3:10 (NLT)
Being careful with the way we speak lets the world know that we are not just anybody. It is a sign of wisdom and maturity. It is better to think twice before we speak before we say something we will regret.
People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.
Proverbs 19:3 (NLT)
It saves us so much heartache when we ask wise people in our lives for their insight before making big decisions. This is especially true in dating. We can’t blame God if we didn’t even ask for His opinion in the first place. Whether it’s about what college we will go to, who we will date, or what church to attend, ask God’s opinion. It will be worth it in the end.
Many will say they are loyal friends,
but who can find one who is truly reliable?
Proverbs 20:6 (NLT)
How we treat people tells a lot about who we are. Building healthy relationships is a sign of maturity. Criticizing and talking down to others is not the best example we can show others of who Christ is in us. Think about that!
At one point in Jesus’ time on earth, his disciples tried to cast a demon out of a boy. They were unable to because they didn’t believe. The father asks for Jesus to help, this is what he responds:
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
Mark 9:23 (NLT)
Jesus goes on to tell the disciple that this spirit would only come out because of prayer (Mark 9:29). Prayer is so important. It connects us to God, and what He is doing. If we don’t pray, our lives won’t have direction. Eventually, your faith must become your own.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT)
If we have accepted the call to be daughters of God, we must understand that we no longer belong to ourselves. We can’t dress like just anybody, because we aren’t just anybody. This means we are Kingdom royalty. Respecting our bodies through modesty, means respecting God as well.
There you have it! It is so vital that we mature in these five areas so that others can see God shining through our lives. I encourage you to pray specifically and ask God to help you grow in these areas one by one. Most of all, I pray that you will overcome the fear of being too young.
Carla, Co-founder of Empowered Beauty