My whole life, I've been waiting. Waiting to become an adult, waiting to graduate high school, waiting to leave home, waiting on someone else, waiting for my life to begin, waiting to change the world.
A piece of advice from someone who's tired of it; Stop waiting.
Here's the thing about the real world; its not going to wait for you. The world will keep on turning, injustice will keep on happening, God will keep on calling your name, but here we sit, waiting for the flashing neon sign telling us that its time. But now is the time. You don't have to start building an orphanage in some third world country in order to start changing the world; you don't have to worry about changing the whole world all at once. That feat is both daunting and impossible. But you can change other people's worlds. It doesn't even have to be anything that you perceive as big; giving the homeless man on the end of your street a hot meal, helping an old lady with her groceries, making finger puppets to send to an orphanage in India, living your life as you are supposed to live it and glorifying God. So why wait? Start now.
“I have no experience,” “What can I do?”
These are thoughts that I've had at more than a few times during the course of my life. But then I realized something; there is something that God put in you that the rest of the world needs. The way you are and every aspect of your personality was designed specifically for a purpose. Otherwise, it wouldn't be there. Your God-given talents are what you can do for people; making music, creating art, construction skills, ability to teach others, even just the ability and will to learn. Literally, anything that you are good at (or anything you aren't good at, for that matter) is something that God put in you, and something that someone else needs; no experience needed.
“I'm too young to make a difference.”
I've thought this before as well, but let me tell you something, dear friend; there is no time like the present. Lets take a look at someone we all know; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Regardless of each of our backgrounds in music, we all know the great and powerful symphonies that Mozart had written, and what a powerful influence he was on the rest of the world.
Mozart wrote his first symphony at 8 years old.
You can cry “child prodigy” all you like, but this is what I see: I see a person who took the gift that God gave them, put it into action at an early age, got people to look past his first name being “Wolfgang”, and became one of the most well known composers in the world. Now, not all of us are destined to become famous (in fact very few people ever will), but my point is that Mozart wasn't waiting around for anything. He saw what he could do and the gift that he was given, and he did something with it, and has reached billions of people around the world. You can't let your age stop you from doing what God has planned for you to do. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, start a group (FCA, prayers at the flagpole, ect.) at your school, sign up for a mentoring or tutoring program, do what you can with what you have, and God will direct your path.
We've all fought our battles with fear, and doing big things is absolutely one of those battles. However, we as believers in Yeshua know that we do not need to be afraid.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
We do not need to be afraid; we know that if we trust in our Father, he will guide us and protect us. I will also go as far to tell you that if you are afraid in doing something, a lot of times (not always, but a lot of times) it means you are doing the right thing. Doing something so big that you know you can't do it without God's help is always a bit nerve racking, but that is exactly how I want to live my life. So laugh in the face of fear. Something bigger than that has got your back.
For those of you waiting on another person, whether it be that guy who won't text you back, or the girl that never returns your calls, or just waiting for someone else to do something, let me tell you right now, its not worth it.
Sure, they seem like the best thing in the world right now, but if they're blind to your true worth, let them be swallowed in your wake. If they were actually worth your time, they would see the value in it and they would make time for you, instead of keeping you waiting. Don't be anyone's second choice. If you really think about it, if you are distracted because you are waiting on someone else, you could miss out on other friendships, relationships, and opportunities that you should be investing your time in. Once again, take it from someone who got tired of it; instead of waiting on someone else, do it yourself. Stop waiting and move on.
There is something to be said about patience. In reality, the only thing we really need to be waiting on is God.
Patience, as I've told myself numerous times while waiting in line at Chipotle, is a virtue. It is clearly shown many times throughout the bible that patience is important, but look closely. Patience toward what? Are we waiting on another person, situation, opportunity, or anything else? Rarely. In most cases in the bible, it's either giving us a lesson on self control, or it tells us to wait upon the Lord.
“Be still before the Lordand wait patiently for him;do not fret when people succeed in their ways,when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.”
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!”
“Wait for the Lord;
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
Patience is a great thing to have, but there comes a point when you need to stop being patient and start being real. It's been said before, and I'll say it again; you can't steer a parked car. Neither can God steer you, if if you are not moving. How can a door be opened if no one hears a knock? When was the last time something wonderful happened to you while you were sat on your couch, doing nothing but waiting for something to happen? My guess would be never.
So start moving. It doesn't matter if you don't know what direction you should be going in, just start in a direction, and God will guide you to the path that you are supposed to take. Your life won't begin until you take a step.
So go ahead. Stop waiting, and do something.
"But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works"
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."
"And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."