“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Youth is a wonderful time of fun and adventure. God’s word advises young people to rejoice in their youth, but to also understand that you are morally accountable to God for the choices you make in your youth (Eccl. 12:9). Young people are trying to find their place in this world; they want to be heard and respected. If you are young you should recognize that you are not entitled to respect; you must earn it. While you enjoy being young you realize that the moral choices you are making are defining you and whether or not you deserve to be heard. Choose to follow God when you are young, and no one will be able to successfully discount you simply because you are young. Set an example of faithfulness in the words you speak, in the way you conduct yourself, and in the love you show for God, your family and others. Live a pure life and you will be worthy of respect. That’s sound counsel for Christians of any age.