Julia Baker - Grade 7, Dayton Christian Middle School
Just the Passenger
Who is really in the driver’s seat? Who is actually in control of our lives? Do we create our future, our path, or where we are going? Are we the only thing that we can rely on, or is there something more?
Many teens stress out saying, “How am I going to get through these next few years of middle school and high school?!” First of all, a good reminder to hang on our rearview mirror is that our teachers are not out to get us. They will work with us and help us to succeed. I do not think I could handle all the stress and remember all the things that I need to without knowing that the most important, merciful, powerful Being in the whole universe cares about me! He knows my future and it is my goal to live up to it. He is cheering for me and will never give up on me even when I blow it.
Another road block for me is trying to impress others and act like someone I am not. Galations 1:10 reminds us not to worry about the approval of human beings. Our goal should be to please God, not man, and He will take care of us. Just be yourself, and a real friend will love you just the way you are! If your friends are not following the “rules of the road,” you may be influenced to do bad things, too. In I Corinthians 15:33, the Bible says, “Bad company corrupts good character.” I need to be the “best me,” and encourage others along the way.
Having goals is a big help in the teenage years! If you like soccer, football, baseball, or another sport, go after it!! Pursue your dreams. Have fun, and do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Try new things and meet new people. One of my goals is to do well in high school and get a scholarship to Cedarville University.
Over the years, I have learned that you will not always get perfect grades. When I got a “D” on a science test, I felt like the world had come to an end! Some people give up after getting a bad grade. For me, scoring a bad grade just showed me that it needed to be my goal to try harder and strive for the best!
In conclusion, God is in the driver’s seat of my future. I know that He is in control of my life. I can rely on Him when I am down and need encouragement. Just because He is driving does not mean I can be lazy and kick my feet up on the dashboard. Actually, it makes me more determined to make Him proud. It gives me hope, security, and confidence to know that God is driving the plans of my teenage years.