The Gift of ‘Youth’

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” – Ecclesiastes 12:1

Sometimes you might feel unworthy; you might not feel ‘good enough’ for God. You might be battling inside your heart, asking whether you are perfect to serve God. Our strong misconceptions would have shown us the way that it’s great to be young and now is the time to squander irresponsibly and take pleasure in the worldly things. Some tend to believe that it’s only after their wedding bells, or probably when their hair turns gray, is the ideal time to serve God and some consider that ‘serving the Lord’ is not their calling at all.

Well, it’s wonderful to be young. We certainly should enjoy every minute of our youth. After all, we are young just once. Isn’t it? But don’t let the excitement of your youth cause you to forget your Creator. Have you read the Scripture? There are many verses in the Holy Bible that confirm where God asks us to remember Him in the days of our youth, before the difficult days come.

Are you young and single?

St. Paul tells us that every life circumstance is a gift. If you are in adolescence, single or married, everything is a gift and it comes from God. The Bible encourages us to be godly in any relationship we are in.

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CFCI Singles enjoying a  time of fellowship after their household sharing

You will definitely be pressurized by your peers at school, college and work, to go out with a guy/girl or would get teased for not doing the worldly things which your friends might be indulging in. These are some real struggles which all of us are bearing with but make sure to not let others run your life. Having a girl/guy will definitely not solve all your problems. You be in charge of you, don’t let those things be in charge of you.

You were created not just to eat and breathe but were created to make a difference. You were created to serve God. He has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

Paul wrote his first letter to young Timothy urging the youngster to be aware of his influence to others: I Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Paul also says when one is single; he/she can devote more time and energy to the Lord and his affairs as he/she will not get distracted by any responsibility to another person.  So go forth and be active in the Church. Take help from your parish priest and look for a Catholic community where you can grow in faith. It will not just help you to grow spiritually but also keep you away from negative thoughts.

But if you fall under the category where people say, ‘I don’t think this is my calling’, the Bible tells you that you were saved to serve God. “It is He who saved us and chose us for His holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was His plan” (2 Tim. 1:9). God redeemed you so you could do His ‘Holy work.’ You are not saved by service, but you are saved for service.

If you see, the Bible is replete with examples of how God has used younger people in some of the most vital roles in the unfolding of his marvelous plan of redemption.

In God’s Kingdom you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfill. This gives your life great significance and value. But do we always recognize that we can accomplish magnificent things for the Master’s cause?

Are you imperfect or unworthy?

If you are breaking your head over whether you are imperfect or unworthy for God, know that you are certainly, ‘Not’. God isn’t looking for us to be perfect; He is only looking for us to receive His perfect love. He looks at our heart but not at our imperfections. He wants our love. He wants us to have a close relationship with him more than anything else. We are called for a holy and noble purpose and to accomplish that God is more than happy if we just heed to his calling.

First and foremost, you have to get away with all your misconceptions about being unworthy for God. We all know where this hissing voice comes from. It is the Satan himself. He is the one who keeps you swayed that you are a sinner and God will never accept you to serve Him. Satan keeps bringing up your sins in order to get your eyes off your savior. When we become depressed of our unworthiness, just remember two things; you are ignoring his mercy and grace of God, and our unbelief in his love for us. You are imprudently living in unruly ignorance of your father’s full acceptance of you.

If we only understood how great our father’s mercy is toward us, we would realize he loves us even when we fail. Then you might probably repent all your life for doing so.

Probably, I’m not worthy to write this article and you may not be worthy to raise your hands in praise to God. No one is worthy. But Jesus has told us, “I have made you worthy.” Thus, we can stand and say in His name, “I am worthy — by the blood of the lamb!”

I want you to always remember that we are our mighty Creator’s master piece. The opportunity to serve God is a wonderful honor and privilege for every follower of Jesus. Make the most of it while you are young!

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The CFCI Singles of Bangalore strike a pose, during one of their meetings

 

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