Category Archives: Teen Purpose

Devo for Teens

When nobody understands

Growing up I always felt misunderstood, mistreated and misinterpreted. So I would regularly find myself enjoying my own solitude. I would think inwardly “at least I wont argue with myself” or hear the words “you are not good enough”. It says in the bible that Jesus regularly withdrew to solitary places; Luke 5:16. However when Jesus withdrew it was to seek the face of God in prayer. But when I withdrew myself it was because I felt that every time I was around people I would get hurt, so I became a loner to avoid pretending to be something I wasn’t. Looking back I wished that I would have shown myself more grace, as a teen you are still developing finding yourself, discovering what you actually like, carving your opinions and finding God for yourself to develop a solid relationship.

Peer Pressure

My first question is; how are you supposed to find yourself when society is constantly being directive in telling you how you’re supposed to dress and how much you should pay for a pair of shoes? And these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to societal demands. If you are feeling like you are going against the tide I would like to encourage you with the fact that God chose people that saw themselves as ‘too young’ or unskilled to be in the ministry. For Example I marvel at the words God utilised whilst calling Jeremiah; “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5. What an immense calling for such a young person yet God declared to Jeremiah that he had already made plans for him whilst he was still in the womb. The response of Jeremiah was classic saying he was too young. Just note that in your supposed humble beginnings God desires to use you and has already defined a purpose for your life.

You are not alone, you have a Lord that both loves you and understands you.

Run your race

At some point we have compared ourselves to someone or perhaps asked God “why weren’t we blessed with the same things?” This robs your uniqueness and tries to place you on a type of product line with no distinguishing factor between you and your peers. When God calls us to be eagles, not only do we have the privilege of being called the children of God but we have a responsibility of being an effective follower of Christ. just like Paul did in the new testament, he had a clear goal which was maintaining his faith through all difficulties; “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.

A final note I want you to know is that people may not fully understand you, but know that there is one that does, his name is Jesus and any insecurities you are going through he can help walk you through them “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.

Blessings,

Nathalie

Loneliness and your calling

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

Loneliness is in the mind not the physical

Loneliness is in many cases interpreted as being in your lonesome or not having any friends or company. What if I told you that you can still feel lonely within a large group of friends. I would like to open up this series with the moment the Lord God, approached the prophet Jeremiah.

The Call of Jeremiah

To give some context Jeremiah at this point was young and had no idea that he had a calling upon his life. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 NIV. Then Jeremiah preceded to mention to God his age “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” Jeremiah 1:6. I can sympathise with Jeremiah because there he is probably thinking about what he is going to have for lunch or dinner, and the Almighty God approaches him with such powerful words that automatically caused anxiety. Have you ever felt anxious about the future? or whether you were going to live up to the expectations of your parents? Your confidence should be this; it is not in your own strength, God has already equipped you and given you the ability to be everything he has called you to be!

God has already equipped you and given you the ability to be everything he has called you to be!

Called out of Loneliness

Notice in the scripture nothing was mentioned that Jeremiah was out with a group of friends having fun when God called him. The Bible gives us the impression that he was alone and that was when God approached him. At this point pose yourself this question; do I have moments alone with God? Let me tell you, the day I decided to have alone time with God sometimes just to talk I no longer felt alone nor did I seek approval from outsiders. It was like every time I went to him he became everything to me; my mother, father, sister and brother. The satisfaction came without being surrounded by a crowd.

You are more than what you think

To close out I would like to mention that God quickly corrected Jeremiah in telling him not to speak about himself in such as way (Jeremiah 1:7). This demonstrates not only the love God has for his children but how valuable He sees us! If you understood how much he loves you would specifically seek to have alone times with the Lord.

Stay blessed

Nathalie