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“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

                  Teenagers are not just the future Church—you ARE the Church now! Because you are so important to God, you are important to Hillside as well.

                  In this verse, Paul encourages Timothy not to be discouraged by older people who look down on him because of his age. Have you ever felt that way? I know I have. People say things like, “You’re too young or inexperienced to tell someone about God!” Others say, “You’re too immature—you don’t set a good enough example.”

You will always find critics, and listening to them will keep you from doing anything big for God! Instead of trying to please everyone, focus on pleasing the only Person whose opinion really matters—Jesus. You’ll never be perfect, so don’t wait to do something for God until you’re older! Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His power to be an example for those who look up to you.

The Church needs you, and God wants to use you in great ways right now. Ask Him to give you a vision for your life, and watch how He uses you to influence the world for Him!