“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NASV)
On February 4, 2011, I went to Winter Jam with my youth group. The music was amazing, and my friends and I danced around like idiots, loving every moment. A group of guys sat in front of us with the guys from our youth group. They knew each other from school and wanted to hang out. While my friends and I were dancing, they kept looking back at us. They’d laugh at us when we’d dance stupid dances. I finally asked one of the guys from my church why they were laughing, and he said they thought we were weird.
It kind of bugged me for the rest of the night that they were making fun of us, but then I thought about it. I am weird—plain and simple. I dance badly and sing around my house at the top of my lungs randomly. I work really hard on my hair every morning, even when I’m not going anywhere. My heart literally hurts when people are in pain. I struggle with depression. I care too much about what people think of me. So, me weird? –definitely. Then again, who isn’t weird? God made us all different and unique. If this is the way God wants me, then it’s the way I’ll be. God’s plan for me is far greater than any plan I have for myself.
The same principle applies to everyone. God made us all unique and special so that He can accomplish whatever he has in store for us. My challenge for you all is to remember that your weirdness is what sets you apart from everyone else. It’s what will help you achieve God’s will for you. Don’t try to change it, instead embrace it.
I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’m 14 years old and a freshman in high school. I’ve lived in the same Christian home in Kentucky since I was born. I have one little brother and two loving parents. I go to Westport Baptist church and have my whole life. I accepted Christ into my heart when I was six and then re-committed my life to Him when… (read more…)
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“This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.’” (Jeremiah 17:5 NIV)
Leaving. That’s what my youth pastor told us he was doing. He felt a call to be a pastor and then one day, a church contacted him. Everything worked out so perfectly, you could see God working. Let me rephrase: Everything worked out perfectly for him. But my youth group and I felt abandoned by a spiritual leader we relied on.
When my youth pastor left, we were hurt. My mom reminded me of the verse Jeremiah 17:5. I realized my youth group and I needed to focus our hearts on God. We were still sad because we didn’t have him as a major figure in our lives. Even though he lives far away, we realized it was God’s plan. Being mad at our youth pastor for leaving would be being mad at him for listening to God.
You can apply this verse to your life by remembering that man will fail you because every man is a sinner, but God will never fail you. For example: If you have a health problem, don’t just count on the doctors to cure you, pray to God and know that in doing so His plan will be done. This is hard, but it turns out better in the end.
I challenge you, today, to focus your heart on God by asking His help and guidance in everything you do.
I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’ve lived in the same Christian home in Kentucky since I was born. I have one little brother and two loving parents. I go to Westport Baptist church and have my whole life. I accepted Christ into my heart when I was six and then re-committed my life to Him when I was 11 at Boones Creek Baptist Camp. (read more…)