The Bare Necessities

Growing up is a scramble. It's filled with stress upon worry upon responsibility. Parents rush to put kids through school, music lessons, an assortment of sports, swimming lessons- all the necessary basics. They work hard to help their kids achieve the highest grades possible, be polite and kind to others, eat healthy, and work hard. 

Now, with just two years left of high school, the scramble for money and for jobs has begun. I know that we all sometimes stay awake late at night, tossing and turning with the fear that we will not make it in the big wide world beyond our home. This is the time when teenagers start realizing that after high school comes either college, university, and well-paying jobs... or living in a basement redoing failed courses and searching for any job available.

It's called the future, and it scares most people away from the mere thought. How will we survive? We all want a fantastic, enjoyable career, a nice new house in a peaceful neighborhood, and beautiful, handsome spouse. 

These worries have been hitting me hard lately, as I've been stressing over schoolwork, earning money, and figuring out what to do with my summer this year. I've had so many opportunities presented to me, and it's like a barrage of choices. My first thoughts were, "How can I make money?" But I was a little bit disappointed in myself for automatically making cash my first priority. I went through the list. Opportunities for missions trips.... helping with VBS.... street ministry.... summer camp.... what am I supposed to choose? 

Even though I wanted to focus on something that God would be pleased with, I still found myself looking through the list for which one would benefit me the most. I skimmed over the volunteer jobs, and only looked seriously at the ones that would pay. I want to be prepared for when high school is over, I don't want to be at all in need of funds.

....but I won't be needing anything.

Luke 22:35~
Then Jesus asked them, 
"When I sent you without purse, bag
or sandals, did you lack anything?" 
"Nothing," they answered. 

Philippians 4:19~
And this same God who takes care of me will
supply all your needs from his glorious riches, 
which have been given to us
in Christ Jesus.

Why am I afraid of what will come next? How many blogs have I written about the secure, sovereign hand of God, which will accomplish its work no matter what? I believe that God has a purpose for my life. Whether it is through writing, teaching, dancing, speaking, cleaning, anything... He made me to accomplish something, and he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

It is God, and God alone that has the power to give or take a life. He will protect me. He will guide me. He will show me where to go as long as I am listening to His instructions. Why should I fear man? If my God is for me, then who could ever stop me? 

People cannot harm me if I have the Lord on my side, and am sacrificing my life to further His kingdom. This is what He means when He tells us to pick up our crosses daily. Last I heard, carrying a cross was not a well-paying job, money-wise. However, the things we give up and the risks we take to glorify Christ's name are being stored in heaven as crowns, too glorious to be compared to the pain we endure on earth. 

So be bold! The future is full of surprises, but the more we look in His Word to find our purpose, the more we pour out our hearts and let them break with compassion, the more abundant our lives will be! Fear not!

James 4:13-15~
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, 
spend a year there, carry on business and make money."Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."

Christ has conquered death, and we belong to Christ. So... can you even name one legitimate fear? The future belongs to God. The risks you take when following His voice, He will be there guarding you, protecting you, providing for you. Money is no object... in fact, it's not even necessary.