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I was conducting bible study with a group of teens, and one relayed that he felt unprepared for life after high school. Then, he proceeded to tell me all the reasons why. As he explained, it seemed he was a little dramatic, but he informed me that he was not the only one. Sure enough, another person spoke up, and they too felt the same. Despite them knowing what they were supposed to do, they did not feel they could actualize everything to real life. This was disturbing, but I have a solution for these teens because Christian Children’s Empowerment is launching Empowerment University for Children, which bridges the gap between concept and reality. Yet, I was disturbed. How many more had felt this way and transitioned into young adulthood unprepared?
I started researching, and I found multiple articles about young adults not prepared for life. The military talked about many signing up for service but not meeting the health requirements, having the discipline, etc. Another article spoke about how overinvolved parents were the problem, and some teens reported that because their parents refused to let go, they could not learn. This is a lot to take in. However, we are not without a remedy.
Second Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (KJV). Now, in the context of this scripture, we are told to study to avoid the shame of being unprepared in our spiritual walk. Yet cannot this same concept apply to life in general? If you don’t know it, study to show yourself approved, meaning do what you can to learn it. In this week’s bible study lesson, we shared two scriptures that specifically speak to the importance of being prepared for life.
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her
bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field,
and after that build your house. Proverbs 24:27 ESV
It is like anything else you want to learn. If you have a new game for your Xbox, a new hobby, etc., you work until you become proficient at it. It is the same for life. Work at learning what you need to know. Work at doing what you need to do. Success will come to you because as the bible reminds us investing diligently and wisely brings good returns.
*Reference bible study lesson