Saturday, July 20, 2013

What would I tell my 16-year-old self?

A friend posted this question on Facebook, with the answer needing to be in seven words or less. 

I am not sure what I would tell myself at 16-years-old necessarily, but I know what I would tell myself throughout my life:  be honest about your struggles so that people can see the victory when it comes and will know that they can trust God, too.  Perhaps this is one reason why we are to confess our faults one to another.  (James 5:16) 

If I had been more transparent with my loved one that is lost, would that person have seen the struggles and realized that my faith had foundation and that my God is real and present in all my situations? 

Does this mean I should always focus on my struggles?  NO!  But there are times we should be less self-righteous, and focus more on the righteousness that God gives us (Romans 5:19:  "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.") and the power of God unto salvation (1 Peter 1:5:  "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."). 

This is just a thought!  =)