One of The Worst Mistakes Christians Teens Make

Most likely, the reason you are currently viewing this post is due, in large part, to its catchy title (it’s amazing, I know…). If you are concerned about your faith, or how you could possibly improve your walk, then it’s a good thing you clicked through.

Yeah, it’s been awhile since my last “real” post on here… I become lackadaisical (true story: I couldn’t spell that right the first 3 times I tried) throughout the summer. It’s just possible that you all desperately missed my thoughts and writing, so I’m willing to give them to you now. Just kidding… Kinda. I did become extremely lazy this summer, and if you’re a teen around ages 17 and below, you know exactly what I’m talking about. As summer progresses, you normally become more “ugh” and less “yay.” It seems to me that the month of August’s job is solely to get us lazy kids back into a routine so that we don’t end up doing this when we grow up… Interesting thought…

Well, that went absolutely nowhere, so let me try to turn this otherwise “fail” post into a piece of righteous goodness. Shall I try? Alright, I’ll go for it… I’m out of practice, though, so hang with me.

I mentioned above that as summer goes on, kids like me (I seriously have no clue how this is for “normal” people… I’m assuming this is a law, sort of like gravity, and it happens to everyone) tend to become lazier and lackadaisical-ier. And, as summer goes on, I normally tend to forget to read my Bible and spend that precious time with God in the morning.

I’ve said a lot of crazy stuff up above, so I want to re-iterate that which was aforementioned (+20 points for an incredible word):

As summer goes on, I normally tend to forget to read my Bible and spend that precious time with God in the morning.

It’s really a shame, yet true. If you read my section on “About Us”, I said that I’m far from perfect. Boy, am I ever. I know that reading my Bible should be at the top of my to-do list every day. Sometimes, though, I just get too lazy to do it. Thankfully, my awesome dad (s/o to him if he’s reading this) established a Bible reading plan this year, so after a few days of falling behind (really behind), I was able (with God’s help) to grab this problem by the horns and whip it around. Also, later on, Christopher and a friend from our church (Lillie, she did an awesome guest post a few days ago. You can check it out here) introduced a Bible reading competition (yes, it’s a real thing!), so that’s helped me too.

So what was the “Worst Mistake Christian Teens Make”? I mean, what’s the big deal? You missed a few days, so what? Here’s the deal: each one of those days was filled with all sorts of problems, ranging anywhere from disrespecting my authorities to verbally abusing my siblings. Those days were terrible. Thankfully, I was lying in bed one night, thinking about all that had gone wrong that day. God brought it to my attention that I hadn’t read my Bible that day. Then I started thinking of the previous days and the problems there all contained a common thread: I hadn’t spent that time with the Lord.

I was talking to Solomon the other day, and I love the analogy he used. He said that, put simply, a day without having your Bible time is like running a race without stretching. Last Sunday, our teacher in Church made a similar analogy, although it was related to something completely different. Say you’re in a room full of folding chairs, and they’re all aligned “just so”. There all nice and neat, facing one direction (forget about music. This isn’t about the band 1D). Let’s suppose that there’s a person up front, the speaker, and someone in the very, very back. Let’s further assume that the speaker then asks the person in the rear to come up front, for whatever reason. The person in the back obliges, and starts to make their way down, but there’s one problem. The person coming forward is heading straight through the middle of the chairs. He’s throwing chairs, Bibles, people, you name it, all in the air just to make his way clear. Well, finally, the person makes it, but there’s an absolute mess behind him.

This is how it is with us. No matter what, we are going to reach the end of the day. We can either decide to reach it in pandemonium, stress, horror, etc. I’ve found that this happens when I don’t have my Bible time in the morning. Or, we can reach the end of the day in peace, quiet, and tranquility, no people hurt or being torn down by us. Reading my Bible in the morning typically helps me keep a calmer head throughout the day and lead me toward the latter option.

I hope I didn’t bore you! If you were to count how many words were in this post, it would exceed 900… Not my first intentions, but I pray you were able to learn something from it all!

Once again, it is my pleasure to dismiss you with a very happy toodles!

So, toodles… 🙂

~ Collin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Howdy! I’m Collin, 16 years old, and a homeschooled junior. I play the piano, ukulele, and many sports. I’m far from perfect, and that’s why I love to share (through this blog) what God is showing me in His word. Although I have many favorite Bible verses, if I had to choose one it would be Romans 12:12, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” I believe that prayer is the most powerful tool we are given as Christians and it should not be taken for granted. Toodles!