Jeremiah 1:4-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

Hi! My name is Koungkia (Cookie) and I’m from Temple Christian School, Adelaide SA.

I remember once I was in my brothers car and he was getting bubble tea, I was being so negative. I told myself that I wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t smart enough to do what God has called me to do. But I remember God spoke to me, putting words in my heart that said ‘I’m not looking for how smart you are or how talented you are; I’m looking at your heart’.

God knew you before you were even born and God gave you the calling to not just reach a nation but to reach the generations. Jeremiah said “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” We can often have the same attitude, we live in a world where we need to do certain things so that we can be accepted, sometimes we feel like we need to fix ourselves to come to God or we feel like we are not enough for God to use us. In verse 7 and 8 God said that He doesn’t care if you’re young, He doesn’t care if you don’t think you’re smart or talented. God doesn’t care about that because He has called you to stand in your Schools, to stand for a change in our generation— He can give you what it takes to do that. It starts with the heart. The calling can make us be uncomfortable and you’re going to have some doubts sometimes. The enemy will try and stop you, but have faith; because he can’t. He can’t because he doesn’t have the power to stop God’s calling on your life. When you are obedient with the little things the big things will come.

Thank you God that you’ve called us to be game changers in our schools and that you’ve called us not to break rules but to break barriers. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Devotional by Koungkia hean, Temple Christian School, Adelaide