Dear Young Men and Women,
“Finally, brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are meant to live: the life that God wants.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1
Age is merely a number. Do not use your age as an excuse to act immaturely. In the first of these four letters I have written to you, I spoke about the ages that men and women used to be when they achieved certain things in life. Your age simply denotes the number of years you have lived on this earth.
Physically speaking, our bodies tell us that we are grown up in our early teens. Think of animals and insects. We say they reach “full maturity” once their bodies have reached a certain point of growth and development. Humans are rational animals. Our bodies work in the same way of nature that the animals’ do. Unfortunately, current culture tells us that if we are a certain age, then we should be acting in a certain way.
Of course, to a certain extent, this is correct. A 30-year-old should not act the same way that an 8-year-old does. But just because we were only born 14 years ago, does not mean that we should not act responsibly. 14 years is actually quite a long time, if you think about it.
Don’t let your age define you. Make a choice about how you’re going to act, and then do it.
St. Paul tells us that youth is not a detriment. “Do not let people disregard you because you are young, but be an example to all the believers in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity” (1 Tim. 4:12). See? Even at a very young age, you can show your love, your faith, and your purity. You can speak well, and behave well.
Throughout your life, you will never stop growing and learning. Every circumstance that God allows you to experience can be learnt from. This is why life should not be wholly determined by the number we attach to ourselves. Always ask God to tell you what to do in the present moment, and then you will find yourself living with him at all times.
Just exist in His Love. Don’t be afraid of tomorrow. Don’t be afraid of responsibility. Don’t be afraid of maturity. Don’t be afraid of failings. Don’t be afraid.
Simply Be in Him.
Live the life that God is calling you to. Choose to take the risk of living as His Sons and His Daughters!
“May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul, and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Pax et Caritas,
This is the final part in a four-part blog series. The first three parts were called “Dear Teen”, “Real Manly Men”, and “Be Gentle, Be Strong, Be Beautiful.”