Faith Is Not Defined By Age

“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.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Because I am 19, I feel that my opinions are often not as valuable as those who belong to someone older than me. Not only in my faith but at school, work and in the blogging world. Because I am a young adult, I often refrain from speaking my thoughts because I feel they will be written off simply because of my age. When I do speak my mind or give advice, I find myself following it up with “..but I’m not sure” or beginning with “I probably don’t have as much experience with that as you, but…”

Today that stops.

Especially when it comes to my faith and beliefs, I want to put aside my age and start to lead when I feel called. And I believe that you should to. Sometimes I feel convicted to say something important and I let myself be discouraged by my youth, but that ends now. I want to follow God wherever he guides me. I will not let age define my faith, actions or anything else. Age does not define worth.

I have been through so many experiences and learned so much in my 19 years of life. I have gained wisdom and maturity. I have gathered my thoughts and formulated the opinions that make me who I am. My age and the generation I “belong to” does not define me and will not hold me back from making the difference I intend to make in this world.

I love 1 Timothy 4:12 so much because it commands me not to let anyone look down on me because I am young, but instead to set an example. That does not only mean to those who are younger to you. Although children and teenagers may be more impressionable, I know I can also impact people who are older than me.

Many of the readers of this blog are high school and college students and I want to let you know that your opinions and thoughts are valid. If you feel no one will take you seriously, please recall this verse and remember that this piece of God-breathed scripture has called you to set an example in all that you do.

Go out into the world and leave your fears behind. Replace them boldly with the love and confidence of God, who sees your efforts to glorify Him.

I hope you were encouraged by this post. It can be hard to overcome certain circumstances and the feelings they give you, especially ones you cannot control such as age. But God calls us to set an example, so we must.

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20 comments on “Faith Is Not Defined By Age

  1. I applaud you for your boldness in speaking God’s word without shame! I liked that you saw Paul’s words to Timothy as what they were…as a command to Timothy to behave in such a way that no one would look down on him. I’ve seen others use that verse to say that Paul was commanding the older folks not to look down on the young. While age does bring wisdom and perspective, youth carries with it a passion and urgency that we older types often need. God bless you–

  2. That is such a wonderful outlook. I do agree, if you feel called to share you shouldn’t be held back because you fear the other person won’t be responsive because of your age. You’re basically making the decision for them, and missing out on opportunities to help or inspire. Congratulations on letting go of your fears and insecurities! You will help so many others, as well as become more confident in yourself.

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