“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, and in faith”
1 Timothy 4:12
One of my favorite bible verses is 1 Timothy 4:12 which says “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, and in faith”. Oftentimes as kids, teenagers, or young adults we can be looked down on because we are young or told that our opinion doesn’t matter. Depending on the life you have lived, some teenagers have experienced more in their years than a 40-year-old has. What you have experienced and what you believe is valuable and will make a difference. Jesus says to be the example in your speech, conduct, love, and faith- but what does that mean?
Being an example in speech means that even when life gets frustrating or you feel like you have no control, you are still called to be kind and caring with your words.
An example in conduct would be doing what you can to help other people. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, like missionary work, it could simply be helping someone pick up something they spilled instead of laughing and walking away.
We are always called to love people, but being an example in love does not just mean to others. God loves us and thinks that everyone is perfect, he knows everything you have done and still loves you no matter your age, race, or actions. Take that as an example to love yourself, by not beating yourself up about things, by not underestimating yourself, by being kind to yourself, and by accepting God’s love.
The definition of faith that I have been taught my whole life is believing in what you can’t see because of what you can see. We cannot physically see God himself next to you, but what you can see is his creation, whether that is people, or nature, or songs. He has given us those things for us to keep our faith and show others how we do that.
This world can be harsh and you can’t control it, but what you can control is how you treat others, how you treat yourself, and what you choose to focus on.