When I was growing up, I had a lot of people telling me I was “too young” or “too stupid” to be a Christian.
And I’d hear that.
And it didn’t matter.
It wasn’t that I was wrong.
I was just afraid of what I would become if I didn’t embrace it.
I think it’s because I wasn’t ready for it.
That’s why I was always afraid to say anything.
And that’s why it’s still hard for me to say something that’s right now that’s just as valid.
I don’t want to get back to the old days when you’d be told you couldn’t say things you didn’t want others to hear.
I’m not sure I’d be as comfortable as I am now.
But, at the same time, I’m also grateful to be here.
I feel more confident in my faith than I have in many years.
I think it was the right thing to do.
And I also want to tell you about the book that inspired this piece.
I wanted to give it a try, but it took me so long to get around to reading it.
It was so hard to find.
I had to do a lot researching.
And when I finally did, I couldn’t stop reading.
So, I thought, why not give it to you?
Why not give something to others who might not be as open-minded as I was, who might think that you’re too young, too stupid, or too scared to talk about this stuff?
I thought about it for a long time.
I have so many books that I want to read.
So, what would it take for you to read them?
Would you like to read more?
I know it’s not going to be easy.
I have so much faith that God will guide me.
But, I am going to give you some tips that I think will help you.
I want you to have a clear head and to be prepared to listen to and understand God’s voice.
And the first thing I want everyone to do is realize that we don’t know everything about what’s going on in the world, but we know that God’s presence is everywhere.
And you need to listen.
And so when you read a book, remember that you are going to hear God’s word.
That you are not alone.
And the words are there for you.
And then you have to do two things: Read it and think about it.
And then go to bed.
And for God’s sake, pray every night.