1 Timothy 4:12

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

Let’s begin with the opening of this verse – “DON’T LET ANYONE LOOK DOWN ON YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE YOUNG”. Do you remember the phone app that repels mosquitos?  It was a high-frequency sound that emitted from the phone that only ears under 30 could hear. Old guys, like me, can’t hear it. Jentzen Franklin used this at Winterfest a few years ago as an analogy for hearing from God. His point was that God is speaking at a different, more vibrant, wavelength, a different frequency to you as a youth than He is to older adults. He’s revealing dreams, vision and purpose for your life that speaks to you as a youth, where you are in your life journey.

I share this with you because I want you to gain encouragement that although you may be early in your walk with the Lord, it doesn’t mean that the Lord doesn’t hold you in any less value to His kingdom. To the contrary, He is pouring His purpose for your life into you. But you have to be receptive to hearing His will and purpose. So I encourage you, if you are at that place where you are questioning, “What am I going to do with my life? Where am I going to college? Am I going to college?” just take time to be still, submit your requests to God, and let Him guide your path. You may not have it all figured out yet, and that’s okay, neither do us old folks either… But you are important to Him, and you are important to all of us, so don’t be discouraged if someone looks down on you because of your youth. Remember, God has a plan and purpose for your life – Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Don’t let anyone steal your dream, but allow those who know you best and love you the most to provide counsel and guidance for what you want to do with your life.

 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” These were Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4:7. I hope they will be my words at the end of my journey. My prayer is that we pass the torch of faith on to you and that you will embrace the love of Jesus, pouring your trust in Him in whatever you do in this life.

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