Thoughts on Turning 19

     Although this picture makes me look old and sophisticated, I’ve reached 19 feeling less sure of who I am than when I turned 18. This past year was filled with very high highs and some quite low lows. Now, I’m faced with my last 365 days as a teenager with college on the horizon and new responsibilities creeping into picture.
     I may not understand who I am, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t learned about how to navigate steadily growing relationships or about what it means to actually trust in my Creator.
     I’m ok with not quite understanding myself yet. While I’m confident that it will come with time, my real security lies in the reality that my life is not about me. God has established his will already, and I am only asked to love and obey him, not necessarily know everything. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him. (Heidelbeg Catechism, Q. 1)

Veronica A.

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