Disproportionate Influence

In my pastime I watch Netflix (these days it seems like my pastime is all the time – so pray for a brother in the run up to exams) and one of my favourite shows I love to watch is A Different World. In one of the episodes – a girl who caught HIV after having unprotected sex with her boyfriend shares her story and one of the things that she says that captivates me is:

“Youth is not immortality. Youth is the power to make choices”

The decisions we make during this stage of our life (16-25) will have such a disproportionate influence on our life it’s actually quite hard to fathom. From what we choose to spend our life doing, where we choose to live, who we choose as our life partner – these are all decisions that we will have to grapple with in the coming years.

I think sometimes our surroundings fool us into thinking that we’ve got time – which can breed complacency in our pursuits; be it faith, academic or even health. That there’s no rush – quite the opposite – the time is always now. The time to improve is now. The time to start practising is now. The time to start executing is now. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

So with these two things in mind, the fact that our youth brings with it a disproportionate influence over our life coupled with the fact that the game-clock is always ticking – what are the quality of decisions you’re making? Will they benefit you for the rest of your life? Are they only good in the moment and not profitable afterwards?

If you feel you’ve been lacking somewhere, you started the year well in a particular area of your life but now you feel like you haven’t made much progress. Take time to speak to someone you trust (and whose advice can help you) about it.

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” – Revelation 3:11

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