What frustrates you most about being a young Christian?
There are a lot of problems which, although not limited to young people, usually epitomize youth.
*This does not refer to the President; it demonstrates the lunacy of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber capturing more of our attention than him.
And I am not trying to bash these people. I think they make the same mistakes we do; they just have millions of people watching them do it. I think a lot of us simply struggle with normal difficulties that come from being young. Which is why I ask the question for a bigger project on which I’m working.
So again, what frustrates you most about being a young Christian?
Your issue may not even be something you do. Your frustration may be a difficulty which comes from other people but centers on your youth. You tell me.
I ask this question for two reasons.
1. We live in a culture which idolizes youth (as a life stage), and, like all idolatry, it could dangerously distract you from feeling a subtle unease with the limitations of your age. Because there are limitations.
2. I encounter a major frustration related to my age fairly regularly in ministry, and I wonder if others encounter similar problems.
The frustration I encounter regularly in ministry is my limited knowledge of God’s Word. I know this is most heavily related to my personal study habits, so don’t think I am simply copping out here. I could study more, care more, and devote more to the Bible. But at the same time, I do not expect to respond with the Biblically saturated responses of someone who has followed the Lord for longer than I have been alive.
Just this past Sunday I had a faithful member approach me for advice, which I worked through over a ten minute period, giving a convoluted response to a tough dilemma. Our senior pastor walked by, so I grabbed him to ask his advice also. He quoted one scripture (that I cannot remember ever having read!) and gave all the answer this man needed. It took him 4 seconds! That exemplifies the benefit of years in comparison with the limitation of youth.
Although I encounter my own limitation with God’s Word fairly regularly, I do not think it is my biggest frustration.
My biggest frustration with my own youth is the difficulty I have controlling passion where passion is not necessary. Every anthill seems like a mountain to conquer, and I attack those anthills with gusto! I already see where wisdom tempers and challenges my youthful passion, but it is a long slow walk from youthful immaturity to wizened age. That is my frustration.
I ask you though, what is your greatest frustration with being a young Christian?