Queen in Gold
High school was probably some of the best and worst years of my life. It was during those 5 years I discovered I didn’t fit into the crowd (most of us don’t), leading to a very confusing search to find the true me. In between it all I tried to figure out how my childhood faith and relationship with Jesus would look like into adulthood.
Clearly, following Jesus called me to be different; so I took a year or two of not being too serious about Him - by grace I realized how unfulfilling that would be. It was in high school I chose to follow Jesus with everything – no matter what. Sadly, I also saw many walk away, choosing to follow the world instead.
If I could do it again – there are a few things I’d do different. While listing them today, I realized how applicable they still are. Perhaps this is true for you too.
1. Get to know all sorts of people
“Love your neighbour as yourself...” - Mark 12:31
I remember sitting next to people in class I wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to befriend in my current season of life. Although I wasn’t completely unaware of them and did create some opportunities to get to know them – I wish I wasn’t so obsessed with my own social status and whether or not it allowed me to be their friend. I wish I just befriended them anyway.
I wish I listened to their stories and didn’t think twice about greeting them in the hallways. I wish I sat with them during break time when they had no one else to sit with and I wish I invited them to social gatherings.
2. Speak up
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
In high school I participated in drama and public speaking, so I was never really considered shy. But even though I could get up and say something in a room full of people, I often struggled to say something in a group of friends. Among my peers I often felt insignificant and very insecure. What if I said something and it made me look stupid? What if they didn’t like me? Why would they want to talk to me anyway?
3. Be a light, not a judge
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit this, but right after fully committing my life to Jesus; I fell into the trap of telling people how wrong their sinful lives were. I spoke openly about how I was living fully for Christ and often; very publicly; missed the mark. I’m honestly not very proud of the way I represented the Kingdom during those years.
I’ve learnt since that my good deeds should speak for themselves and that I really shouldn’t claim to be or know better than anyone else. We are not called to make the world live holy lives – we are called to point them to Jesus. He makes them holy. In Christian circles we often emphasize the sin of the world, rather than their lost- and brokenness.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” - John 3:17
4. Build deep friendships
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24
One thing I really don’t miss about high school is having so many superficial friendships. I specifically remember one incident where I was “hanging out” with girls I had nothing in common with and didn’t even like; only because we belonged to the same social group.
I cannot even begin to pretend that I have this figured out. When and where and how to be authentic is still a journey I’m on. What I do know is that authenticity is part of God’s original design. It’s leading us right back to our true nature of being naked and unashamed (Genesis 2:25).
5. Enjoy singleness
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” - Habakuk 2:3
I was thinking more in the direction of Ecclesiastes 3:11, but then this verse from Habakuk caught my eye. He will not delay! My friend, this is not a promise that He will send you a husband; but rather that He is present in your current season – He’s not late – He didn’t forget about you!
Whether or not you are single or married – God has a plan for you in this season! It’s so easy to miss out on what God’s doing now, because we’re distracted by what He’ll do next. I’m not pretending that this is easy – you’re going to need His help – that’s why it’s called trusting Him. Breath it in. Embrace it. Enjoy it. He’s never late – He’s already here!
6. Learn to play the piano
“...and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.”
I’ve always wanted to play piano, but seemed to think that because I didn’t start taking lessons at the age of 5, I would never be able to. This was a lie. I believed that all I could ever do was develop the skills I already had. I compared myself to others and was afraid to try anything I might not be good at.
We often limit ourselves, because we don’t allow ourselves to dream. We don’t believe that the Spirit gives us the skills we need to chase the dreams He placed in our hearts.
Having dreams that stretch you are worth it! God really has a bigger plan for your life than you do.
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About the blog
Queen in Gold is a blog for the feminine heart. I hope to inspire other women to stand up in their God-given identity.
My name is Riani.
I love flowers, board games, arty markets, food, dancing, music and spring....