Jesus died to let go of? It’s completely useless. Do you ever feel like you can’t make a difference?

Maybe it’s because of your age, or your financial position, or your family, or maybe you just don’t know where to start. I tend to feel really small, like just a tiny speck of dust in a huge stretch of sand. I mean It’s so easy to buy into the misconception that I’m too small to be worthy, too small to be loved, and too small to make a difference. The world is constantly feeding us these lies, and I don’t know about you, but I tend to buy into them.

I think my most bought into lie of the world is that I’m too young to make a difference. I mean, I’m just sixteen years old, right? I’m a junior in high school just trying to pave my way to a bright future. College is a mystery, and I still live with my parents. And no matter how many things I do well or am proud of, I’m always beaten down by my failures. How much can I really do in my high school? It feels useless. 1 out of 3000 aren’t very good odds.

It’s easier to feel weak than to feel strong. It’s easier to feel useless than to feel powerful. But, with Jesus, the odds are in my favor because He is strong and He is powerful.

“…everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith” (1 John‬ ‭5:4).

Victory already won. Jesus already came down and conquered death. I feel so helpless sometimes, but the Bible tells me that I can “conquer the world” with God! I can conquer the world. If I can conquer the world, I can conquer my high school, and I can conquer my future college, and I can conquer my future workplaces, and I can conquer my home. We can truly make a difference in this world.

I like to hold onto my failures. Forgiving myself is just something I don’t naturally do. And this really hurts me when it comes to acting on desires placed in my heart to make a difference. Me holding onto my mess-ups is such a waste of time, because Jesus already erased my mistakes. Rather, my mistakes nailed Jesus to the cross. So, why do I hold onto these that.

I need to get out of my head, and dream big! Leaving chains broken on the ground and running into the prone to conquer world. I want to think big. My age doesn’t define me. My financial situation doesn’t define me. My family doesn’t define me. My grades and my friends and my Instagram don’t make me who I am. Jesus defines us; and he deems us world conquerors.

So let’s go.

words by Samantha Burton and photo by Hailey Pierce

16. southern california. scone lover. coffee consumer. adventure seeker. kid of grace. all for his glory. [ You have filled my heart with greater joy ] Psalm 4:7

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