Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example to them that believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity. ~ 1 Timothy 4.12
We often associate being young with having a lack of experience. One of the things that holds us back is feeling incapable of accomplishing a task. Paul quickly and strongly addresses this situation – Let no one look down upon you, just because you don’t have enough experience. It is usually those without experience that make the most positive changes in any given task.
We cannot our in experience in any given task detour us from given it a shot. It is common to discover your calling while performing those things that you were the most afraid to try in the first place.
There are 3 things that blessed my life from Paul’s advice to Timothy
1st. Change the way you see yourself.
You must know who you are in Christ – there fore allow no one to call you any different than that which you are through Christ. When you learn to see the value that God has placed in your life you will understand why you must get over yourself and become who God has called you to be. God created each and everyone of us to be an answer to a problem in the world. If we do not step up to the plate and bat, the world will miss out on a solution to its problem.
2nd. Be of example – Even if you lack the experience when you have the attitude of doing it, you become an example of courage. Leading isn’t following. What do I mean by this? If you are truly a leader you will walk in uncharted territory. Paul is challenging us to have courage to do what is right even when no one else is doing it. Stand up and lead.
3rd. Live for God – Don’t worry about what others say about you. You work on knowing the word, on your conduct, on love, attitude, faith and purity. Build yourself to be that who Christ called you to be. The most important growth is inner growth. Many people focus only on talent and when they are in the middle of their journey end up sinking. Your talent can not be greater than your character. This is why we must invest more time in building our character than in strengthening our gifts. Strengthen the core values and your gifts will be a joy. Ignore your core values and your gifts will become a curse.
Paul is encouraging all of us who feel like if the task is to great, take courage and give it a try God is with you and in you. And if God is with you, who can stand against you?
What do you think?