As a teenager or young adult, it is so easy to waste time on things that don’t matter. Here are ten things you should focus on right now.
10. Take responsibility
⁃ Learn how to cook, clean, iron your clothes, and do laundry. Be a person you would want to marry.
9. Get involved in your church
⁃ Talk to your youth pastor or pastor and make this happen. There is always something you can be involved in.
8. Be kind
⁃ Pay for someone’s coffee. Open doors. Give compliments often.
⁃ Read Malachi 3:10-12 and Luke 6:38
6. Limit phone time
⁃ The average teenager spends over five hours per day on their phone accomplishing very little. Limit this time and focus on things that matter.
5. Memorize Scripture
⁃ Hide the Word of God in your heart. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, … Read More »
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4).
A recent study by Barna Group showed that six out of every ten young adults hold and believe in an individualistic approach to morality. Simply stated, morality is a personal choice, entirely a matter of individual decision. Moral rights and wrongs are essentially matters of individual opinions in the view of today’s millennials.
Young adults today are consistently bombarded with a cultural stigma of defining morality, moral beliefs, and moral reasoning. They are demanded at times to defend or debunk sources of rights and wrongs and are often berated if that view doesn’t fit what is considered to be in the boundaries of social norms. As a result, whenever we begin to discuss moral issues … Read More »
Every year around this time we find ourselves searching our lives for moments to celebrate and promises to make. New Year’s resolutions and promises take on lives of their own and the gyms fill quickly. This is not a new process for you, or anyone, yet every year we seek to be pleasantly surprised with the newfound energy that will hopefully find us on the way.
As I was sitting in a meeting with my pastor, he made a comment in passing that caught me very off guard. He said, “How do you see your future? What if God has something completely different in mind?” He stated this and moved on, but this comment sent my brain spiraling toward a verse I had read in I Kings 19:21.
“So Elisha left him (Elijah) and went back. He took his yoke … Read More »
Yes, we’re using the David story again. I can image what you’re thinking, “I already know about David.” My assumption of your thoughts comes from the embarrassing fact that I, too, experienced those words flashing across my mind as I read the subject for this year’s youth week series. David is the role model for every praise and worship leader in Pentecost. He is the example for leaders, servants, and basically anyone. Everyone knows about the little shepherd and the big giant. The whole sling and stones scenario is the staple of any skilled Sunday school teacher’s arsenal. If you’ve even strummed the guitar once with the purpose of playing in church, you will have someone direct you to the “best songwriter in history”. Count on it. When it comes to the church, David can be found everywhere.
As I … Read More »
In my reading not long ago, the Lord opened my eyes to a simple, yet powerful concept. That morning, I opened my heart a little wider as I re-opened a gift that was purchased long ago. I’m not sure why it never stood out to me, but depending on the tense where forgiveness is used, “give” and “gave” are found in the word itself.
Forgiving is the intentional act of not harboring hurt and hate or feeling like you are owed something. Rather it is a choice you make to give, even in the face of crippling offenses. It is a decision to give another chance, to love, to turn the other cheek, and to let go.
When you forgive, you stop expecting the other person to compensate. Instead you offer love in the face of what scarred you most. … Read More »