recognizing gifts
September 11, 2017

Why Wait?

By: Tessa Emily Hall [Anderson, SC]

When I was fourteen, I chose to be homeschooled for the majority of my high school years in order to pursue creative writing.

Soon, I began to doubt this decision, wondering if I were making the most of my teen years. Then one day, as I read Ecclesiastes 11:9, God helped me to see that by using my teen years wisely, I could plant seeds for my future career and ministry.

Throughout high school, God opened doors. I published my first book at the age of 19. If it weren’t for the steps I took in high school, I wouldn’t have had the chance to minister to others through the gift of writing.

You who are young, make the most of your youth.
Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart.
If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes;
You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 (The Message)

Our teen years can prepare us for the rest of our lives. As we explore various hobbies and interests as well as our God-given gifts, we can make wise decisions about our future. God has entrusted each of us with gifts that we can begin developing today. Why wait?

JOURNAL: Make a list of your hobbies and passions. Is there one that stands out? If so, think of ways that exercising this gift now can prepare you for your future career and ministry.

Try It

Spend some time observing family members and other role models. What spiritual gifts do you see in them? Think about your own gifts; then ask family members and close friends what spiritual gifts they see in you. Compare their lists with yours to help you begin to recognize and use your gifts.

recognizing gifts


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