Living It Out
For Peter and most of the early followers of Jesus, following Jesus was sometimes scary, often confusing, and occasionally painful! It wasn’t easy, but it was SO worth it!
There’s probably been stuff in your life that wasn’t easy, but was so worth it!
Getting good grades—-not easy, but so worth it!
Trying out for a school play or sports team—-not easy, but so worth it!
Breaking a bad habit—-not easy, but so worth it!
Choosing not to punch your little brother—-not easy, but so worth it!
Yet many contemporary followers of Jesus have painted a picture that following Him is supposed to be easy, fun, and full of sunshine. Maybe it’s time to re-think what it means to follow Jesus. Maybe following Him is, in some ways, more like a bunch of other stuff in your life—-Not easy, but so worth it!
Here’s an idea! Jot down your top “not easy” part of being a teenager who is trying to follow Jesus. Then, under it, write down why, even though it’s not easy, it’s “SO WORTH IT!”