Leading non-Christians towards a relationship with God and setting an example for other believers
1 Timothy 4:12 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.
When I made the decision to make the extra effort to become a leader, I felt like giving up so many times. There were people all around me that would doubt that I had the ability to undertake this role of leadership, generally because of my age. But, it wasn’t only because of the doubt from others… it was also that my friends, peers and even family had somewhat difficulty accepting the role I had chosen to take.
A couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t having a good week. I was feeling down and I was on the verge of just giving up with this “leadership thing”. Like, who was I going to inspire anyway? I felt that my friends didn’t care about me (which is definitely not true!) and that I wasn’t inspiring anyone. I was simply in the blues. I was also being condescended with everything I said by one of my close friends, and that didn’t help one bit.
At the end of the week, Dad came to pick me up from school. We had a stupid, tiny little argument about me not going to the right place to get picked up (I’m sure you’ve had that argument at some stage, too!). But that tiny argument was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. Dad had to go back to work when he dropped me off, so when I stepped inside the house, I was free to cry my heart out. I cried, and cried, and cried. I have never cried so much in all my high school years! I called my sister who lives interstate to try and lighten my spirits, but I just ended up crying more because I missed her. Thankfully, my brother came home and to the rescue. He gave me a pep talk and a big hug, and managed to stop me from crying any more.
To conclude this story, I gave one of my two beautiful life group leaders and mentors a ring and explained to her what was going on. She reminded me of my self worth and that just for being me I was able to inspire and set an example for other people.
I’m not saying any of this to boast or make myself sound brilliant, but because I want you to know that being a leader is not always going to be easy. You are going to have days where you just feel like giving up, and you feel that you’re not inspiring anyone. So what’s the point? The point is that just by being the unique beauty in Christ that you are, you will inspire and intrigue people, no matter what age you are.
It disappoints me when I see so many teens that feel that they don’t have the potential to be a Christian leader. But the truth is; YOU have the potential to change lives. YOU have the potential to change not just your friends, not just your youth or church or outside of school activity, but the world, in ways you would never have imagined. I want you to think about that for a minute…
Being a leader is all about having confidence in who you are as a person, where you stand with God and having a passion to lead others.
Ask yourself these three questions:
Am I willing to take up a role of leadership to inspire my friends, my family, my peers and any other people I come across in life?
Do I want to contribute to the future of our generation, and the generations preceding?
Am I ready to change the world?