Thursday, May 26, 2005

1 Timothy 4:1-16

One of the things I have struggled with my entire life is my youth. It seems like there's just always someone older and more "wise" than I am. Seriously though, my teenage years were a very good sign of this. I would walk into a store in DC and be looked down on and watched constantly to make sure I wasn't stealing anything. I'd have a complaint and people would blow me off.

This has changed a little bit as I've gotten older. But really I still have a somewhat young face and am still sometimes seen as someone to be looked down on. If nothing else people who don't know me have the opinion that I don't have enough experience to make a difference in their life. From my work in youth group I know for sure that the opinions of these teenagers is often dismissed and sometimes even derided.

This passage really gave me hope in my own life and for that of the youth. 1 Tim 4:12 states:
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.
It goes on to explain how we can exemplify this belief and show others our faith.

Really though the point is this. Who do you look for to gain spiritual guidance and leadership on how to live your life? Is it exclusively from your elders? We are all growing up in one way or another, and we can see God's will both in those who have been there and those who are beginning their walk. When was the last time you grew your faith by watching someone younger than you? Are you setting an example of love, faith and purity for others?

Peace,
Tom

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