A student body often joins together to celebrate excellence and achievement – in sports or in academics – at a pep rally.

But when it comes to the life of faith, you don’t have to achieve great things to be celebrated.

God has created you and called you – and that’s something to celebrate!

So we pray:

God of Life, breathe into me the truth of your word.

Redeemer of Love, nurture my faith by the promises of your word.

Spirit of Peace, anchor my soul with your wisdom of your word.

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The Lord’s word came to me:

“Before I created you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I made you a prophet to the nations.”

“Ah, Lord God,” I said, “I don’t know how to speak because I’m only a child.”

The Lord responded, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a child.’ Where I send you, you must go; what I tell you, you must say. Don’t be afraid of them, because I’m with you to rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 1:4-8

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Don’t you hate it when someone tells you, “Oh, you’re just a kid” or “Wait until you’re older”? That makes me feel undermined, misunderstood, not taken seriously.

Well, God certainly sees otherwise.

In today’s passage God sees Jeremiah, knows he’s a kid, and purposefully chooses him to be God’s spokesperson.

Jeremiah probably hadn’t accomplished much before, for he’s “only a kid.” He certainly has a lot more to learn. What could he know about being a prophet? Show me someone who’s been there, done that, and knows a thing or two about life. He’s “only a kid,” after all… right?

Right and wrong.

Sure, he’s a kid. There’s no denying his age. Yet God’s purpose for us isn’t age-dependent. God chooses us because of an unconditional love that cares not about age, accomplishment, test scores, or number of wins for the team.

It’s a love based on grace.

It makes no sense, but you needn’t “wait to be an adult” to get it. You simply need to trust and believe that God handpicks you today, too.

Aram Bae

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God of knowledge and truth, I am humbled by your love and favor of me. Thank you for your grace that sees me as a child of God and not as someone who can or can’t do something. Even when I can’t see what you see, may I follow your lead as Jeremiah did. Amen.

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May God our Creator bless us and keep us.

May God the Redeemer smile upon us and be gracious towards us.

And may the Spirit of Truth lead us in the path of wisdom and peace.

And all of God’s people said: Amen.

Aram Bae

Aram Bae is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA and teaches classes on faith development and religious identity. In addition to her passion for ministry with youth and families, she’s considering a new hobby — road biking. Help, Lord Jesus, help.

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