a wonderful day to encourage young people.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
God makes it clear that it is never too late to look to Him for the answers that we seek for our lives. The well-known saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” simply does not apply when it comes to discovering the joy of salvation and eternal life with God that can be ours when we accept Jesus Christ as our savior. This certainly is wonderful to hear for any of us who might be arriving late in life at the simple truth that our time on earth should be lived with God’s purpose for us in mind.
By the same token, while it is never too late to learn, it is also never too early. For those among us who waited until later in life to find our way, we know how much richer and fuller our lives would have been if we had discovered the joys of knowing Christ at an earlier age. We know how much happier we would have been and we know how much good we could have done for those around us.
We must encourage those who are young to take advantage of their youth and to experience the love, grace, and blessings that are a part of knowing God and to share all of that with others.
Many young people already have found the Lord, accepted Christ, and live lives of service. Individuals like that must be encouraged to speak even if they may be reluctant because of their youth. Like Paul encouraged Timothy, we must encourage young believers to set an example for those around them.
God has a use for each of us and we only need make ourselves available to Him to discover what that use is. It is easier for young people to council other young people that a relationship with God, and service to others on His behalf, is a much more rewarding way to live than to spend all of their time playing video games, watching television, or engaging in behaviors that can only lead to pain and suffering.
Reach out to those who are young and encourage them to reach out to others. Help others find what you have found, and show them how it can change their lives for good.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson