“You are the light of the world.” – Matthew 5:14
That is what we are called to be – light. Light that penetrates the darkness, light that reveals what was once hidden, light that draws others to its Source.
Many people picture light as a warm, bright campfire; or as a lighthouse on the black ocean; or a spotlight piercing the midnight sky; or the sun, lighting the earth at dawn. All of these are wonderful examples of light and make a world of difference when they are exposed to the dark. However, a small candle in a dark house, or a spark in the woods in the dead of night, is also a light and accomplishes the same purpose as the lighthouse.
As a younger person, I can get discouraged when I see how the Lord is working through the adults around me, and how insignificant my feeble attempts to serve the Lord seem. Sometimes I struggle to see my place; sometimes I feel useless, standing in the audience as one of the leaders shares the Gospel with so many people. And many times I have watched those around me, my peers, having a good time as they please themselves, while I am trying to please the Lord and do the opposite.
I know I’m not the only one who has felt this way. I know that all over the world are young people, who, just like me, are seeking to serve the Lord and to walk worthy of our calling. I know there are many of us who are trying to be a lighthouse to those around us and get disheartened when we can’t do what the “big shots” do. So I created this blog to encourage other young people like me in their walks with the Lord and to remind my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ (and myself in the process) not to despise our youth. Whether we recognize it or not, even one small candle in a dark house can make a world of difference.
I really appreciate this observation by Micah Tuttle:
George Whitfield was 22 years old when he began to open air preach to the masses… They told him, “You’re too young, sit down.”
Martin Luther was 29 years old when he began to stand up to the powerful Roman Catholic Church… They told him, “You’re too young, sit down.”
Adoniram Judson was 25 years old when he crossed the world to preach the gospel in Burma… They told him, “You’re too young, sit down.”
“Jonathan said to the YOUNG man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few!”
God is indeed able to do great things through young people! He used David, a young shepherd, to slay Goliath. He used a little servant girl to direct Naaman to the prophet of God. He used Daniel and his three young friends to stand up to a king. He spoke through the mouth of young Jeremiah to prophesy to His people. He chose a young virgin to be the mother of the Son of God.
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers
in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
To God alone be the glory!