Walking by Faith

Joshua Harris Boy Meets Girl Say Hello to Courtship Quote

In his book Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship, Joshua Harris is talking about following Christ by faith, even when He doesn’t make it clear who we will marry and when. However, this can also be applied to other areas of our life as well.

That quote from the book really stuck out to me, because I am the kind of person who wants a clear plan before jumping in. When I travel, I want to have all of our destinations and activities planned out ahead of time so I can get the most out of the time I have. When I write books, I want to have the plot planned out before I start writing so I don’t get lost halfway through the story. I want to know where I am going. I want to know my next step or next goal in life. I want a direction. However, God doesn’t always show us what that plan is.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5

We tell God we want all the answers, and then we will trust Him. But that’s not how it works. Trusting God and putting our faith in Him says that even though we don’t have all the answers, we know that He is good. We’re saying we trust Him to take care of us, knowing He has a plan and a purpose for our lives.

For someone like me who doesn’t like walking blindly, this can be difficult, but it’s worth it. Trusting in God and His strength, love, power, and knowledge is what He has commanded us to do. He knows everything, and we just have to live each day having faith that if we seek Him out daily, He will lead us in the right direction.

1 Timothy 4:12

Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

I’ve always heard this verse growing up. This was the way I heard it repeated, and it’s the way I memorized it.

Now, I may be the only one, but for a long time I completely misread this verse. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how wrong I was, so I thought I’d share with you.

I thought the verse was saying that young people were to set an example for people who believe in speech, and who believe in life, and who believe in love, etc. Given the wording of the verse, this made sense to me. Of course, that’s not what the verse is actually saying.

It’s really saying that young people are to set an example through their speech, and through their life, and through their love, etc. Young people are to set an example in every area of their life. “Let no one look down on you” means we need to give people a reason not to look down on us. We might be young, but we are still called to be like Christ. We are called to set an example.

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” – 1 Timothy 4:12 (NASB)

This is the version in my Bible. The wording in this translation makes the message clearer.