1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.
This world associates teens with: self-absorption, rebellion, disrespect, and giving into peer pressure. This world doubts in the power of a Christian teen, and has put us in a mold that seems unbreakable, but let me tell you a secret, it is breakable!
People may look down on us, but that doesn’t mean that we should or have to believe in the low expectations that they set for us. I am a teen, I am young, and I believe in a somewhat radical idea that God can and will use you for His glory as teen.
To prove my point, let me tell you about the real life stories of several unlikely teens that God used.
Was only 12 when he learned that slavery wasn’t just something found in a history book. The things that Zach learned about human rights violations made him angry and made him desperate to help, so he founded Loose Change to Loosen Chains. Which was a campaign to help raise money to abolish slavery which is a problem that 27 million people in the world face today.
His school and youth group managed to raise more than $8, 500, but Zach story is only just beginning. In the six years since then he has written three books and speaks at music festivals and conferences fighting against modern day slavery.
He is changing the world…
She was thirteen when she first went on her first missions trip to Kenya, and what she experienced changed her life and the lives of hundreds of children forever.
In fact, it was Kenya that inspired her starting her own organization, Generation Next. While visiting, she noticed the babies first: naked, diaper-less and fed from a medicine cup instead of a bottle. She then noticed the children, sharing one pencil during their school lessons. She realized the barriers to education the students faced while sharing their supplies, and she decided to help change that situation.
She founded Generation Next and began collecting school supplies. A year later, she returned to the orphanage in Kenya with 200 backpacks full of supplies. In 2015 she opened up a school for needy children in Kenya funded by the her thrift shop, Riley’s Treasures and a food bank that she started in Branson, Missouri.
In 2016 she released her first book entitled “Riley Unlikely”.
Now happily married Riley’s story is one of hope and inspiration. She is reminding every young person that they can do more to change the world than they could ever imagine.
She is changing the world…
God Can Use You
The stories I shared above are proof that God can work through young people in extraordinary ways. God can use you but you need to stop having low expectations for yourself and you need to believe that God can use you and that what may look impossible is not impossible with God. Riley’s and Zach’s stories may just become your stories, if you rebel against low expectations and show this world that today’s youth is changing the world, one person at a time. God can and will use you…
“Do not let anyone look down on you because of your youth…”
1 Timothy 4:12
Part of Riley’s story was featured on the Project Inspired website and I do not claim to have written it (I have edited and added some things to it and that’s it) I thank them for letting me use some of their material! 🙂