Maybe you have heard God’s voice in a whisper, in a passage in the bible, in the voice of a dear friend, trusted mentor or even a stranger. Maybe you’ve heard God’s voice in worship or prayer, or maybe you’ve felt the gentle impression of the Holy Spirit confirming a thought in your mind or nudging you to take a step forward or close the door.
We live in a world where anxiety and depression are some of the biggest issues young people face. It’s no surprise because young people are constantly glued to their phones - heck, we all have our phones in our back pockets! We scroll through Instagram, check Facebook, flick through Twitter, use Snapchat, watch videos on YouTube - the list is endless. In a world of endless technology and digital connection, it’s so easy for those things to become a substitute for real, in-person connection.
Over the last few days, I spent some time at an amazing conference in my home town, the Gold Coast. The idea of the conference was to bring together Christians from different denominations and spheres of life, to help them understand God’s calling for their life and how they can create social reform in their communities.
There were mentors who had so much experience in business. There were amazing people who worked in the church. There were people from all walks and spheres of life.
One of the areas I was most encouraged about was God’s timing.
Do you ever feel hesitant about sharing about your faith on social media? Sometimes I do. The other day I caught myself holding back from sharing about my faith on Instagram. I had a message that I wanted to share but I got so nervous I almost didn't share it!
Here's the thought that encouraged me to share anyway.
How often do we think our ways are better than God's ways?
This morning, my dog Maple followed me outside as I was taking the garbage out to the bin. And then she started sniffing the garbage bag, and I thought "Maple, why are you sniffing the garbage bin when there's a beautiful lovely garden, when the sun is shining, and you can go and explore the garden and smell all the good things?!"
As young adults, there is SO much pressure to get a good job, make money and climb the corporate ladder, discover ourselves through travelling the world, and find the one. All the while, trying our hardest to look our best 24/7, keep up with social media, and develop relationships that will last a lifetime.
It's a season of life that's both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. But if we're not careful, we can start to base our value off our friendships, relationships, career or our body image.