Being Young

By Jenna Morris

Being young is difficult. Being a teenager is difficult. You're learning everything for the first time; heartbreak, persecution, real world problems. Although you think you know everything, You don't, and at times it's hard and embarrassing to grasp that concept. As a teenager, lots of adults view your perspective as useless. You get looked down on. The world can make you think that life will treat you well just because you're young, and that isn't true. 

When I was thirteen and in the seventh grade, there would be days when I wanted the world to swallow me whole. I felt like my insides were curling up and dying. I literally cried out to the Lord in agony because I had no idea how to move on from that moment. People would tell me I was over dramatic in the midst of my hurt. They would tell me that I was unable to know those kinds of feelings because I was too young. I was supposed to be laughing with my friends, play every sport there was, and be happy all the time. Apparently, I was too young to know true heartbreak, but none of that was true. You can hurt. You are allowed to hurt, be angry, and deal with your anger. It's okay to not be okay. You are allowed to cry out to God in agony. Just because you are young does not mean that you aren't supposed to hurt. Laughing and positive vibes are great and fun, but they do not have to be forced upon you at all times!

1 Timothy 4:12 says,

"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."

This verse is very close to my heart. This verse has gotten me through a lot. When people make me feel like I don't matter, I look to these words.

I am young. I most certainly do not know everything and I never will. I have a lot of growing to do now, and I will always be growing. Though i am young, i can still be broken, but in the midst of my brokenness, I will continue to glorify God with all my heart. I will set an example for the believers in my speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 

Now, apply that to yourself. No matter your circumstance, your past, or even what people think of you, you have this world in the palm of your hands. When you start praying, don't pray just about what is logical and possible, but instead pray for the "impossible." God will show you that NOTHING nothing nothing nothing is impossible with Him. Ever. Period. End of story.  You can encourage with your tongue (speech). You can always bring life in every situation (conduct). You can serve everyone with all of your heart, humbly (love). You can forget your worries and trust that the Father will always be there (faith). You can align your actions with His promises for you (purity). 

You are young and capable. You are allowed to hurt, you are allowed to cry, you are allowed to find joy, and you are allowed to run with The Father across every sea and up and down every mountain.