I’m actually doing it.
I’m starting a blog.
I, Ella, am going to run my own website and write my own blog posts… and I am beyond excited. For the longest time I saw blogging as something for the adults. It was for the people who knew what they were doing, who had something worthwhile to say. I was a teenage girl with no experience. How could I start a blog?
A couple months ago, however, I suddenly realized that starting a blog wasn’t so impossible after all. Like turning on a light switch, I started bumping into more and more young teenage Christians who had started their blogs with the purpose of speaking truth to the internet. That was when it clicked. Just because I’m a teenager doesn’t mean I don’t have something worthwhile to say. A 15 year old can offer just as much to the world as an adult can. I didn’t need to be 20 or 30 for God to use me. He could use me right now. So, I made an account with WordPress and here I am, writing my first blog post with still no idea what I am doing.
Now, since this is an introductory blog post, I could tell you about this blog’s purpose, or I could tell you about myself, but I would run the risk of being redundant since that information is already on the “Home” and “About “pages. Instead, I want to use this first blog post as an opportunity to encourage you.
The message that “you can make a difference,” is somewhat cliche, especially in songs, but that message is exactly what I want to communicate to you right now. You don’t have to wait until you “grow up” to serve Christ effectively. There’s no age limit to glorifying God. The fact of the matter is that society has set very low expectations for its youth. This is something that I have come to realize this past year. Youths may be the generation of tomorrow, but we are also the people of today. This truth becomes all the more relevant from the Christian perspective. If you are a child of God, than you have been called to spread the gospel and glorify him, running the race with perseverance. Not only that, but you are called to make a difference for the kingdom right now. Not in three years when you finish high school, not after you’ve gotten a bachelor’s degree, and certainly not after you’ve married and had three children.
Just like every other phase of life, these youthful years of High School and Learner’s Permits only come once. If you sit back and meet the low expectations of the world around us, you could miss out on a fulfilling, God glorifying, joy increasing, unique time of your life.
So, how has God gifted you? Though not everyone may want to start a blog, everyone has something to offer the world. God has granted each of his children a unique set of skills and strengths for the purpose of using them to further his kingdom. God’s spirit lives in you, strengthening you and helping you. You. Can. Do. This.
When you grow up, God will use you. That fact is obvious. But God will also use you right now if you let him.
You’re not too young to shake the world.