I absolutely love reading the way the Message Bible puts everything in context. Like this verse in Psalms 119- “I’m too young to be important, but I don’t forget what you tell me.” It struck me as odd, because as a Christian teen, I’ve always heard “You can do great things and be really important while you’re young.” They flaunt videos of child prodigies in our faces, almost as if they say, “Why can’t you be more like them?” The thing is, that’s not what God had planned for me to be. I was designed to have a spot all my own and to impact the world in the way God wants me to. It doesn’t matter if I couldn’t play Beethoven’s symphonies at three, I wasn’t supposed to.
The author of Psalms 119, according to the Message, was too young to be important, yet he has 176 verses in the middle of this amazing book of the Bible. His name isn’t known, but his impact is. He might not be big and famous, but because he listened to God, he changed lives. God planned for an unknown guy somewhere way before me to provide inspiration, first, for the author of the Message paraphrase, and second, for a girl over here, who is also too young to be important, but won’t forget God’s words. How do I do that? By doing exactly what God wants me to.
I don’t know a lot. I can’t say much. I’m inexperienced. How much does a teenager know? That’s the thing, I hope what I write here isn’t me. Wisdom is given to those who ask for it, I’m asking for it. I can’t say much about the world, but I can say a lot about God. He created the world; he’s pretty good to go to for blog advice. I can’t wait to see what he will do. Here I am, young and inexperienced, what are you? How are you going to use that to bring the greatest glory to Him?
*taken from Psalms 119:141 (MSG)