Hey :) I was asked to speak at youth prayer for a couple minutes on Monday night. Here is pretty much everything I said lol yes, I had to write everything down word for word because I knew I would get nervous and stumble without it.
"These last couple weeks, I've really been thinking about what I'm going to do with my life.
I'm starting my Sr year of HS & by now, teachers say We are supposed to have a career picked out, the colleges We want to attend to make that career choice possible, & have all these tests done in order to get into a top notch college right out of high school.. That's a lot when you think about it.
I'm also turning 18! Yes, 18. Parents say that by 18 we have to get a job to help with the mortgage on the house, help pay insurance, start paying our own phone bill, and overall expect a lot more responsibility from us.
For me, it's a double whammy this year!
All this has been so overwhelming to me this summer! I didn't know what to think..
So when we went camping for about 8 days, I had plenty of quiet time to think. I told a couple people already about this.
Which btw, awesome preaching by Bro Steven last Friday night. It was a beautiful message. I know that all of the young people are thankful for the move of God that night.
Well, I had a lot of time by myself to just sit and think.. In those times, I felt like I had someone talking to me about what my life would be like in church.. It didn't seem like a big deal to me but I would think "okay I have a choice... I can give everything I can to God, or I can let it all go to waste and just sit back and maybe even backslide." I felt like I had God talking to me saying I had a choice, it was my decision. Even during the day, i would sit down and just look over the mountains thinking about the rest of my life. One of those days, I said in my mind, "okay God, I'll make my decision the day I go home." well, I was supposed to go home Tuesday but I ended up staying at the camp until Friday. I forgot about making the decision, it didn't cross my mind again. I found out that we had youth service that Friday night so, I tried my hardest to get here. I was almost an hour late! But during Stevens preaching, I remembered this promise I made to God. (What a coincidence that the day I came back there was a youth service as well..) I was going to decide.. During camping I really didn't make a big deal out of what I was thinking and feeling but it hit me when I was up in the altar Friday. "God, I'm making my decision tonight. Use all of me. I want to be mightily used."
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)
I know I've read this scripture several times before when I've been asked to share whats on my heart but it's a very good scripture to be reminded of. I may not know what career I'm going to work towards, not even the college I'd want to attend, but as long as I am close to God, I know I'm in good hands. When it comes to life, if you are in God's hands, you'll be safe.
For the rest of my life, I will not only stay in church but also work to being mightily used by God.
Thanks for reading! And here is a picture for good measure lol my baby brother and I