Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” – Ecclesiastes 12:1
I remember hearing that scripture a few years ago and thinking that I really got it. I got the meaning, the context, the whole shebang. I even remember people telling me that the easiest time to be a Christian is when you are a student. I was never quite convinced. I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone on this but I always felt like my closest times with God were always around exam times and results days, always praying that God would ‘pull through’ for me. So beyond that, I didn’t really see how that period was meant to have been the easiest time in my faith. If anything it felt like a test. Simultaneously trying to fit in and remain set apart. But having graduated nearly a year ago this month, I’m starting to understand what they meant.
You never really realise how much time you have until it’s too late, or you’re too late. Looking back at my uni timetable, I really don’t know what I spent my time doing. I usually had roughly 8 hours of lecture and seminars a week. Yes, only 8. So going from only having to focus for 8 hours a week, to working more hours than that each day proved to be a struggle at first. Don’t get me wrong, I was studying outside of those lectures but I was always free not to. For me, free time is a big thing. I like to plan to do nothing so last minute invitations usually get a no. But when you think about it, when you are young and studying you have all this free time. So much free time that you have no real excuse not be talking to God, or read your Bible or go to Church.
One thing that I regret is that I feel like to a certain extent I wasted my time because I didn’t really have the desire to spend my time doing those things. But hey, lesson learnt. What I am realising that it is soooo crucial for us to build a foundation in our youth. A foundation built on God’s word. A foundation of people who will hold you accountable. A foundation that is so strong that (even when you walk away as we all do at times) is unbreakable.
Another thing is that you do not realise how fun being a youth in church is until you aren’t one anymore. I got saved at a youth camp and youth events were always something that I enjoyed. So now when I look at that scripture I realise how great a piece of advice it is. It is as if Solomon was telling us to remember God and get to know Him before we get thrown out of youth ministry and in to the big world, lean on Him, get to know Him before you have to start adulting and life starts to get pretty hard.
Reflecting on this has even got me thinking about all of the time that I still have because as I get older life is bound to get busier. So if you take anything away from this, remember to remember God (cheesy but true).