Last night during the Bridge life group meeting, we talked about Proverbs 1. The Bridge is a group for people anyone out of high school all the way through their 20s. I fit in that group. The group has been a great fit for me since I am not from the area and it’s hard for me to connect with people my age since I spend most of my week working.
But back to our discussion last night. There was a part of the chapter that really stood out to me while we went over it. Check out verse 4 (NIV).
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Young. I am young. Pastor Albert noted that the 20s are the most important stage of a person’s life. That’s when they figure out who they are and how they want to live the rest of their lives. It’s very true for me. It wasn’t until post-college did I finally look back, gather all I’ve gone through, and figured out what I want to do with my life.
It’s especially true when it comes to my faith. I didn’t really take my faith seriously until after college. And it wasn’t until after I started working after college did I start making something useful out of my faith. I wasn’t just a Christian by name, but I was actually living my life like one.
As I look at where I am right now, I do believe this is where I am making my most important decisions of my life. I am in my 20s, I am also the most involved and most active in church right now than I have ever been. My faith right now, I would say, is at its strongest right now too.
Proverbs stands out to me because it’s a straightforward, not beating around the bush message. It’s an in-your-face wake up call to get my life right for God. I’m not held back by my age restrictions. I am not held back by my inexperience. School is done with. I am all set to go.
But how can I live a Christian life? I think up to this point, I’ve still played it safe. I haven’t really ventured out enough where I am putting my full faith in Him. It’s not to say that I haven’t done good things. But I think I’m ready to stop being safe. I want to be out there. I want to be firing on all cylinders for God. This is where God wants me to shine. This is the stage in my life where I am supposed to shine.
As much as it is still a fun stage of my life, I have been given so many opportunities by God right now. There are an abundance of great things that I can do in His name at this stage of my life. I am ready and committed to using everything I have now to do it.
My search to find out what I should be doing continues. I have to keep my ears and eyes and heart open. God has something for me. I no longer have to be a follower. I’m being set up to lead.
No more waiting around. No more being safe. No more being foolish. It’s time to go!