Being a teenager is both scary and exciting. Makes me sound old, but I like teenagers. I liked being one. Most of the time. I love working with them even more. When you are about 15 or 16, you have a sense of maturity already that you never had before, yet you are also still a little boy or girl. It’s this crazy world in which everything changes super fast. Like a field of precious flowers, beautiful and fragile at the same time.
So about tonight. I get to spend time with a group of teenagers from my church. Normally, this group is led by someone else, but due to busy work schedules I am asked to take over. Since I am not in Ethiopia, I might as well make myself useful here. After working with teenagers for the whole summer, I guess I can handle a few more.
As a I am preparing for this evening I am reading about Timothy. A young man with a Greek dad and a Jewish mum. He gets captured by the Gospel and starts travelling with Paul. He struggles with being taken seriously. He doesn’t take himself seriously, because he feels he is too young. Paul encourages him in his letters and reminds him that being young is an excellent opportunity to set an example.
“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
I hope I can inspire these teenagers to do the same. To work hard in order to learn. To grow and develop themselves. To motivate themselves and others. To be curious. In the mean time, I’ll make sure to bring them food, because I know my way into the heart of a teenager.