Being the youngest in my family, including the youngest grandkid, I have always felt as if I should prove to others that I am mature so they wouldn't look down on me. It never helped that I am short and have a quiet voice. So when I came across this Scripture as a teenager, I realized I didn't have to prove that I was mature through my own strength--instead, I could accomplish this simply by living for God! According to this Scripture, I can even be an example to those who are older than me. In other words, I could have them looking up to me!
It's often tempting to want to settle and live the average teenage life. But God is calling you towards a higher calling. Besides, why would you want to blend in with the teens at your school when we you were called to stand out? You can be an example to your friends, as well as those older than you, simply by honoring God through every choice that you make.
Your youth is the best time to begin and cultivate a relationship with God. No, it's not always going to be easy living for Him. You may be humiliated and rejected, just like Jesus was. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather be made fun of for living for God rather than following the crowd and realizing the lifestyle results in a dead end. If you do as 1 Timothy 4:12 suggests and honor God through your choices, you will be richly rewarded, and God will bless you for spending these teen years for Him rather than others.
- Have you ever felt looked down on because of your age? Or have you felt the need to prove to others that you are mature? +2 pts
- List specific ways that you can put this Scripture into action in your own life. (Example: Sit with the girl at school whom everyone else tends to avoid.) +2 pts
- Have you ever been tempted to settle for living the average teen life rather than living only for God? What was the result? +2 pts
- What are steps you can take to grow in your relationship with Christ? (Example: Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to spend with Him.) +2 pts
- Are there any challenges you face in applying this Scripture to your life?
- Discuss your own reflection of this Scripture (as I did above -- at least one paragraph). +5 pts