It’s hard to believe I am finally a “big kid”. Ever since I was in kindergarten, high school seemed so far away and impossible.
Now that I’m finally there, It’s crazy. I’m totally in a new environment. I’ve always been in a sheltered school and family, but it seems like I’ve been placed into the real world all of a sudden. Everything that I’ve learned in church my entire life, all of the Bible lessons in the morning in grammar school, every piece of advice given to me by my parents- they all come into play right now. It’s times like these that I feel very alone, but it’s times like these that I feel most comforted and strengthened.
I may not give into pressures from peers and I may not speak the way teens my age do. I may not take on the same philosophies or world views as my teachers. I may be very different, and I may be very judged- but that’s okay with me.
During Winter Retreat ’08, my small group leader mentioned to my friends that when people in the world judge us, it doesn’t matter. It will not effect us in the long run.
The only judgment that matters for us is God’s. At the end of time, when the world as we know it ceases to exist, all that will matter is God. All the pain and trouble that we go through, all the judgment and criticism we face will be brought to an end.
For me, I’d much rather be held blameless before God when I stand before His throne than stray away from His plan for my life and be accepted by others.
May we never lose sight of the prize at the end of the race.