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Trust in the Lord

Kelly is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. She wrote this article as a Senior Writing assignment at Covenant Christian High School.

With all of the challenges and difficult decisions that Christian young people face today, it is hard for us to have an optimistic outlook on life at all times. Young people have to be careful in how we deal with the different pressures that are put on us from day to day. Through prayer and reading the Bible, we can learn to deal with the challenges we face every day in the right way and avoid falling into depression.

Depression can often be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that cannot be stopped from occurring. In these instances, it cannot be blamed on the individual. Young people must be especially careful so that we do not fall into depression because of worrying about things that do not really matter.

One way that we could fall into depression is because young people have more of a need to fit in and be accepted than any other age group. We believe that the only way to be happy is to have the approval of people our own age, even if those other people are of the world. Not fitting in can lead young people feeling lonely and can cause some to become severely depressed. This challenge often causes us to make the choice between what we know we should do and what “everyone else is doing.” Sadly, if we pick what is right, we are often looked down on by our peers. If we do not, we have to deal with our consciences and knowing that what we did was wrong in the eyes of the Lord.

Christian young people must learn to realize that we have to live our lives on this earth looking to our future and eternal life with God. Happiness does not depend on whether or not certain people think you are “cool.” In Professor Herman Hanko’s book, Biblical Psychology, he states, “True happiness, true genuine mental and spiritual well-being arises out of walking before God in good conscience. There is no other way” (47). Young people brought up in the church clearly know the difference between right and wrong and must strive to do what is right. By doing this, we might not be the most popular with everyone else, but we will have a clear conscience and the approval of God, which is far more important than approval from peers.

Another cause for us to feel depressed is when things do not go the way we want them to. If young people are not doing well in school or if we are arguing with our parents over something, we can begin to get discouraged and think that things will never get better. Habakkuk 3:17-19 states, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength…” This text can also be applied to us as young people who are not satisfied with what we have and think that material things can bring us happiness.

The material things we gain for ourselves on this earth do not matter, and young people must especially realize this. The kind of car we drive or clothes we wear are not important and will not make us happy. These things might make us happy outwardly, but only for a little while. Material things cannot satisfy spiritual needs, which are much more important. Young people have to learn to focus on living lives that are acceptable to the Lord instead of trying to impress the world. I Timothy 6:6-7 states, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

Facing questions about the future often makes young people worry. Choosing the right boyfriend or girlfriend, getting married, having a good job, and paying off debts that we already have are all things that young people think and worry about. We have to realize that God has every aspect of our lives under His control and will provide everything that we need. Waiting patiently on the Lord is important to remember when thinking about the future. Philippians 4:19 states, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” This is important to remember when caught worrying too much about the future.

Young people must always remember that everything is in the hands of the Lord, no matter how bad things may seem to be. The Lord will take care of us, and things will get better. As long as we put our trust in Him, we will have true contentment and happiness.

Works Cited

Hanko, Prof. Herman. Biblical Psychology. Grand Rapids, Michigan: The Federation of Protestant Reformed School Societies, 1984.