Lead By Example
Donât let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
Everyone’s experiences mean something to them, and most likely mean something to someone else as well. Something I heard pretty regularly in the beginning of my sobriety in online recovery chat rooms (because I wasn’t really in a position to go to in person meetings), my recovery journey was discounted because of either my age or the newness of sobriety. I felt as if my recovery didn’t matter because I didn’t have the years, both age and recovery, to match up to their expectations of knowledge or experience.
Although I get the standpoint of “time served,” I felt it was demeaning and wrong to discount someones sobriety, regardless of circumstance.
Through the Word, we are taught to not let people discount us because of age. (1 Timothy 4:12) We should always go forward with courage and speak properly about what we know and experience. Through love, faith, and purity we can reach the ones we are supposed to. Our personal recovery stories might not help every single person we come across, but through God, we will reach the ones He wants us to.
Always be prepared to speak on your story without exaggeration but with purity. Never feel like your experience doesn’t matter, because it matters to the One who really counts!
Father, please help me not to get discouraged if someone discounts my personal journey because of my age or experience. I know that my journey matters to You, and that is sufficient enough.