Young or old, we need to find our acceptance in God and Jesus. Until we know Him we will not understand why He created us or our reason for being and self image. First things first.
The life-is-all-about-me, mindset is a churning sea, doubts and confusion reign. It’s a dark hole. But if we are a redeemed child of God He has created us to be “holy and blameless,” we read in Ephesians 1.5. Is that my focus—to please and serve Jesus? My core values should reflect that—grow out of that—build on that—peace and joy await. Other believers will usually accept me. Worldly people often do not. Who’s acceptance do we prefer?
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt 6.33 NAS)(Jeremiah 29.11, 13; 32.27).
This is not rocket science. If one expects the world to love and appreciate godliness they will often be wrong. Bluebirds don’t hang out with buzzards. Get with your own kind, believer—1 Cor 15.33; Psalm 1.1-2; Prov 13.20; 2 Cor 6.14-17).
But some one will ask, “What if I don’t want to live God’s way?” I prefer worldly pleasures and activities.” Do you already live like that? So how is life going? Got peace and joy? Loneliness, doubts, confusion, emptiness, wrong friends, family disappointments or stress, can push us into self-destructive relationships. Self-defeating choices can just bring more heartache—unnecessary pain.
“There is no peace anywhere in the universe outside the will of God.” – Elisabeth Elliot