From a teenagers perspective, the world is a lot less complicated, and at the same time a lot more complicated than those of us who call ourselves ‘grown-ups’ care to admit.
It’s a lot less complicated because a teenager always has an answer don’t they? You remember this, arguing with your parents about friends, school and just life in general you always knew what was going to happen and what wouldn’t. I know for me that was the case anyway, I thought I was invincible! When my parents warned about the potential dangers of certain behaviors, my answer was “that’s not going to happen… to me”.
When I got a little older and met a girl, and then got to know her mom and dad, I noticed pretty quickly one of her dad’s favorite sayings. He said it in German and it does lose a little oomph when you translate it to English but it was something he would say when the know-it-all teens in the house wouldn’t shut up, it went like this “you have not yet lived through the world” and what he means is that for all the wisdom a teen claims to have, they’ve been alive for less than twenty years and for all the experiences a person needs to live through in order to gain true wisdom a teen has barely scratched the surface. As much as I would’ve hated to admit that he was right when I was dating his daughter, I now know the truth in his words.
I’ve been married to his daughter for 14 years now, we have two kids and every once in a while that saying of his stills rings in my ears.
Some wisdom can only come from experience, experience comes from living life. The more life you’ve lived the more experience you have, the more experience you have the more wisdom you have. Make sense? I hope so.
Does that mean that only old people are smart? No, young people can be very smart! My son could read and recognize and pronounce the entire alphabet before he was two! I think he is very smart, but that doesn’t mean he could write a book.
OK, so, what am I trying to get at here? Well, I am what most Christians would call a baby Christian. I was baptized 15 years ago, to which you might say “15 years does not put you in the baby category” and I’d say “you’re right”. I was baptized 15 years ago, I made the commitment to follow Jesus, I repented of my sins, my wife and I were reading the Bible together and then, a couple of years after we said our vows, it all came to a screeching halt.
We lived without thinking about church, the Bible or even Jesus for about eight years. Then I got a wake up call from God! I’ve mentioned before how He did it so I won’t tell that story again, but I answered His call, I went home that night and told my wife and kids that tomorrow (Sunday) we would be heading to church, so we did.
The kids had a little anxiety to get over, what with us pushing them into a social setting with a bunch of other kids they didn’t know and all, but they adapted pretty quickly, and so did we.
As a couple, my wife and I have been actively reading and discussing the Bible for about four years now. We’ve learned so much about God and His love for us, about Jesus and His teachings, about the traditions we were taught that aren’t necessarily biblical, about so many misconceptions people have about Christianity and so on.
Despite how much we’ve learned and grown we are still baby Christians because no matter how much we think we know, we still find ourselves learning more from the Word, we still find ourselves in awe of what God decides to teach us.
Recognizing that you don’t know everything is a sign of maturity, a sign seldom found in a teenagers life and although I am much older than I was during my dating years I still hear those words, but now I hear them differently because they are biblical, maybe not verbatim but biblical nonetheless. I’m referring to the Apostle Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians closing statement where Paul drops this tidbit of wisdom.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT
Although it may seem that I’m rambling aimlessly I assure you I have a point and my point is this, no matter how much we think we know, God knows more! No matter how hard a day is, tomorrow is coming. I’m a baby Christian and God the Father is leading me! I have not yet gone through the world, but when I have Jesus will be waiting for me and my hope is that if you are reading this that you will decide to follow Him as well.
Having said all that, the world isn’t as complicated as it seems, and at the same time it’s way more complicated than it seems. We are all babies in one way or another but God is a good Father and He know what He’s doing!