The information age is perhaps one of the most interesting eras an individual can find oneself. With a plethora of information, options and database, the youth can be said to be truly living in the perilous times. What’s so peculiar about these times? A whole lot is. It’s a time when youths have almost unlimited access to global information, a time when there are so many alternatives to morals, being godly and living a life of integrity, further, it’s a season where the truth has almost been painted to become a lie and the lie a truth. Regard for God has never been at its lowest ebb like this generation is experiencing. Being a Christian youth is only viewed from the nomenclature perspective only while genuine transformation is filed as a folktale. There’s no gainsaying in the fact that as a youth in this dispensation, there is a need to guard or secure your future (means a time u are going to experience later, a phase of life ahead of you) in times like this. Can you momentarily forget about the hardships going on around you, and take this short journey of guarding your future with me. This will be in form of questions
1) What do I want from life? Can I protect something I have no idea of? You can’t guard a future you have no iota of plan for. Before thinking about securing anything, you have to draw out a plan. What exactly are u securing? What do you want your future to be like? Sometimes you can be a little bit confused. But, it’s ok to pause and pray.
2) How do I draw out a plan? Your future plan is going to be dependent on so many things. Firstly, what does God want for my life? For you to secure a beautiful future your plan must tally with God’s plan, the plans shouldn’t be opposite. Some people will ask, ‘How do I know God’s plan? Guess what? God might not whisper in to your ear and say ‘My son, see what I want you to do’. No! you must not essentially hear an audible voice. God can speak to you through a burning passion inside of you, the good things you desire, the beautiful legacy you are willing to live behind, what you see yourself becoming and proud of.
3) What do I do next? You have to make plans of how to fulfil your God’s given desires or purpose. If you are still confused, talk to people; find mentors to talk to. You can have a chat with your parents. Their great contributions will ease your worries as well as making plans with you about what you are going to do to secure the future you desire.
4) Do I have to put in any effort? Work hard to get what you want. Seriously, sometimes you are going to get tired, People are going to frustrate you; at some point things can get sour. However, these should make you stronger. It’s ok to rest, I mean take a break, but don’t you dare stop pushing.
5) What do I do in gloomy times? Don’t ever wallow in self-pity. Self-pity is destructive. Don’t look down on yourself by telling yourself what you can’t do, instead configure your being to see the positive sides of life.
6) Do I need to prune my circle of association? Keep beautiful company. If you want to secure your future, you have to secure your friends too. The words and attitude of your friends can break or make you. It must not be too soon. But if they are weak and bad friends, they will slowly drain you. Tell you what you can’t do, remind you of how difficult it is; tell you there is no need. Be with people who inspire you always.
7) How much of God do I need in all of these? Always connect with God. Yes people say life is hard; you can always make things easier for you when you always involve God in your business. Never for one day let go of Him. In bad times, remember Him, in good times don’t forget Him.
For the scriptures says ‘”He giveth power to the faint; and to them that
have no might he increaseth strength. Even
the youths shall faint and be weary, and the
young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait
upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they
shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:29-31, KJV