We all want to have fun during our youth years – party all night, explore the world, fall in love and live life to the fullest. Some of us even live by the mantra: “Youth is for pleasure, middle age is for business and old age is for religion.”
Well, as delightful as that may seem, it couldn’t be more wrong.
I was reading through my favorite book in the bible called Ecclesiastes and when I got to chapter 12, the first verse really hit home. It said: “Do not let the excitement of your youth, cause you to forget your creator.”
That verse was very meaningful to me because of the strong message it carried, and so I was urged by God to discuss this topic in the most extensive way I can.
Now a lot of people think that Christian youth are only supposed to sit home all day and meditate on the bible. Some think it’s prohibited to date, or go for parties and do even the most basic things as a believer. Obviously God has laid down some boundaries for us, but that concept is far from the truth. Even Ecclesiastes 11:9 says: “Young people, it is wonderful to be young! Do everything you want to do, take it all in.”
However, it concludes by saying “But remember that you must give an account to God for every single thing you do.”
I know that when we’re working 9-5, raising our kids and paying the bills everyday, there won’t be much time left to ‘have fun’ and do ‘youthful things’ anymore. Therefore it’s normal to want to soak it up while it lasts. It’s okay to want to live every moment of your youth to the fullest because life is indeed short. But the main question is, are we devoting all of our time towards living the youth dream while our relationship with God slackens?
Many may say yes, many may say no, and many may not even have an idea of what a relationship with God is. It’s okay; we’re all different.
But truth be told; it is very easy to get caught up in the hype of your youth years. The frenzy that comes with it can be extremely powerful and overwhelming, and so many people get lost in the hysteria so easily. All the fun, all the activities, and all the freedom – they’re all so exciting. But note that God is not necessarily asking us to stay away from any of these; He’s only asking that we don’t neglect him while we’re at it.
A lot of worldly things take up the time of an average youth – parties, social media, relationships, success, having the nicest things and being amongst the best. Everybody wants to remain relevant and stay in the loop. Everyone wants to soak in the excitement and liberty that comes with being young. But while we engage in these activities on a day-to-day basis, what time do we actually dedicate to spend with God? What time do we dedicate to building and strengthening our relationship with Him? If you’re ashamed of your answer; it’s okay, it’s never too late to start.
I know it can be difficult to find time for God in a world that offers us so many sinful things to engage with – I deal with it all the time. We all do. But one thing I know is, it is not impossible – it can be done.
Some of us have different reasons for forgetting God in our youth years. Sometimes we forget, give excuses, or say that we’re occupied with so much stuff to do. As satisfying as the latter may sound, we must remember the quote that says – “There is no such thing as being too busy; if something is important to you, you will make time for it”
This made me understand that no matter how busy or engaged I am, whatever is of value to me will always find it’s way into my time.
So relish your youth years and be the happiest you can be, but always remember to find time for God. Assess your priorities today and constantly remind yourself that your main aim as a Christian should be placing God first, no matter how old you may be. Make it a habit each day to meditate on His word. Take time out each day to talk to Him, seek Him and reverence Him. It may be hard at first, but it will all be worth it in the end.
It is wise to lead a Godly lifestyle while you’re still young, because the rest of your life is assured to be abounding and fruitful. You have your whole life ahead of you – start on His path as early as you can, and never have to worry a day for the rest of your life.
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1st Timothy 4:12