In case you are new to the blog, let me catch you up on what’s going on during the month of December: I turned 20 in October and have been thinking about doing a blog post series about what I learned while I was a teenager. I mentioned it to a friend of mine and I was recently reminded of that idea and requested to do it, so here I am. I usually think better when I write things out by hand instead of trying to start typing on a blank white screen, so I wrote out a list of lessons I’d learned on a yellow legal pad. When I did so, I saw that I had a much longer list than I had originally anticipated, much too long to do in one blog post. So, I just wanted to give you a little forewarning! Be sure to send this to your teen and tween-age friends, and comment along the way what impacts you or what you learned from being a teenager–I love hearing from you! These blog posts may be a little shorter than normal, but I’ll try to incorporate personal stories or verses that go along with it to expand the concepts.
Over the holidays, I was struck by the parallels of window-shopping to our spiritual lives. Window-shopping is when we walk through all that’s available for purchase, but don’t pay the price to get it. How often do we wish we had greater faith, saw miracles more often, or had a stronger prayer life, but don’t want to put in the work to get it? How many times do we worry about something and hope it gets better but never put in the work to get down on our knees and petition the gates of Heaven for a miracle?
I think, in my own life especially, we fear and avoid the process of growth because we fear the pain that comes with it. We want what we see displayed in the window but don’t want to sacrifice anything to get it. We become content to listen to praise music but don’t sing the words from our own hearts. We don’t mind praying over a meal but aren’t praying about what keeps us up at night. We want a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, etc, but don’t want to improve who we are. We feel good enough about ourselves because we see what we want all around us and think it’ll still be there whenever we decide to sacrifice what we have to get it.
But what if our time is now? What if God is calling you to trade in everything of value to you in order to receive everything He has in store for you? What are we waiting for? Isn’t what God has for us much more precious than what we have stored up for ourselves?
May we boldly approach the throne of God with faith enough to believe that what God started in us, He will carry on until the day of completion, and may we give up anything that would hold us back.