Oh, to be 18 years of age again. Many graduate and think they have arrived. As I watch young people everywhere make careless decisions, I just had to shed some light on this matter. Maybe a young man or woman will benefit from reading this insight. Here are five things I wish I would have realized when I was just 18.
#1: My Parents Aren’t Stupid. Every parent was once a young man or woman. Times may have been a little different when they were your age, but most things are still the same. Your parents have learned things along life’s way that could spare you unnecessary heartache. Listen to their advice and try to learn from their experiences both good and bad.
#2: My Choices Impact Everything. Too many live with a “I can do what I want” mentality. Most young people are just looking for the next thrill or attraction. I can make you this promise. If you follow the majority you will be disappointed. You will find yourself in relationships that lead to heartache. You will make decisions that could haunt you the rest of your life. Your choices today will highly impact your tomorrow.
#3: Friendships Matter. You may have heard of this thing called “peer pressure.” We’re all influenced by what others think, say, and do. One of the most underrated things in life is friendships. We all need them and in some form or fashion we will all have them. Choose your friends wisely, because you will often become like the company you keep. This doesn’t mean you should act like you’re better than everyone else and stick to yourself. But, be careful who you spend most of your time with because it’s a proven fact that “bad company corrupts good character.”
#4: Now Is The Age Of Opportunity. There is a lot of truth in someone saying, “you only live once.” The truth is you are only young once. Those who are between the ages of 18 to 25 have much in front of them. Now is the time to get your education. Now is the time to pray about who God would have you marry. Now is the time to begin with the end of life in mind. Now, are moments that just won’t come again. Enjoy your youth, seize the moments and understand every decision matters.
#5: My Faith Can’t Wait. There is a belief when you’re young that most things can wait. One thing that can’t wait is your faith development. You can make all the plans you would like. You can marry whoever you please. And you can try to play your own God. But, realize that if God is not the foundation for all you pursue disappointment is right around the corner. Regardless of your age, you need a close relationship with God. You need God’s word to shape your thinking and shed light on your way. I encourage you to read your Bible more than your text and Facebook messages. Get involved in a Christ centered church and surround yourself with those seeking God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.
(1 Timothy 4:12) Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Young or old, you’re always welcomed at Refuge Church. I guarantee you we will change the way you think about church. www.RefugeChurch.org