The best way for me to start this is by saying that I am a teenager. Most of you are teenagers. The word ‘Teenager’ tends to imply negative connotations, people sometimes underestimate ALL teen’s behavior and abilities because A FEW acted like idiots. I know tons of teens who do some pretty dumb things, but I know just as many teens who have the fire and ability to change the world.
I’d like to think that I am one of those teens who can change the world. Recently, I have had a couple of ideas and desires that, when I mentioned them to various people, they told me to wait until I was older. These are adults I respect, and I am in no way saying that they hurt my feelings or were out of liine in any way. But these conversations reminded me of a verse, in 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul gives Timothy this instruction:
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (ESV)
It is a rather simple verse, Paul knew Timothy could do amazing things for God, but that those older than him may try to discourage him. Paul told Timothy, instead of letting people looking down on him, to set an example, or to lead by example.
I find it cool, in the Bible, God ALWAYS uses the LITTLE GUY.
-Abraham and Sarah were barren, but Abraham was the father of nations
-David was a shepherd, but became a king
-Joseph was hated by his brothers, but showed compassion for them
-Mary was young, and birthed the Savior
-Peter was a fisherman, but was the rock of the church
-Paul was a criminal, but one of the greatest missionaries ever
Not all of these were young, but they were all the underdog in someway. They all did amazing things. So, don’t allow yourself to be underestimated. Do something amazing. Change the world.