Introduction: Good morning, everyone! I'm thrilled to see each of you here. Today, I want to discuss something special – being a leader. Now, you might think, "Me? A leader? But I'm too young!" Yes, you! Being a leader isn't about how old you are; it's about how you act and think. Today, we will learn about growing strong in our faith and becoming leaders who can make a big difference, just like some of the youngest heroes in the Bible.
Part 1: What Does It Mean to Grow in Faith? Growing in faith means learning to think and act more like Jesus. And guess what? Jesus believes in you and your ability to be a great leader. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 4:12, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity." This verse tells us that even at your age, you can set a powerful example for others – in how you talk, act, and treat people.
Part 2: Keep Going Even When It's Hard Sometimes, being a leader and doing the right thing can be challenging. But here's a secret: the best leaders keep going, even when things get complicated. Galatians 6:9 says, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." This means that when you keep doing good, even when it's difficult, you're planting seeds that will grow into something amazing later.
Part 3: Everyday Leadership Actions So, what are some things you can do to be a young leader? Let's see:
Be kind to everyone, especially those who feel left out. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Help those in need. This could be sharing your lunch with someone who forgot theirs or helping someone with their homework. Proverbs 19:17 reminds us, "Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done."
Always tell the truth and follow the rules, even when it is difficult. Colossians 3:9-10 says, "Do not lie to each other... and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator."
Part 4: We're In This Together! Remember, being a young leader doesn't mean you must do everything alone. Your friends, family, and church are your team. Together, we can support each other and make a big difference. Just like David, who was a young shepherd when he bravely faced Goliath, with faith in God, you too can face enormous challenges and come out stronger.
Conclusion: So, my young friends, let's be leaders in faith and action! Every time you choose to be kind, to help others, and to be honest, you're showing the world the kind of leader you are. Let's bow our heads and pray: "Dear Lord, help us grow strong faith and be leaders in our community. Guide us to be kind, honest, and brave every day. Thank you for believing in us and giving us the strength to make a difference. Amen."