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Preparing teens for the future - part 2

Preparing for the future - part 1

Step 2: Steps for Preparation

Let's look at the 6 steps for preparation

1: Surrender your life to God

God wants us to walk worthy of our calling. When the time is right, He will reveal His plan to you. Surrender to His will, follow Him and allow Him to direct you and use you.

Surrendering to God's will, opens up the channel to receive God's guidance, wisdom and transformative power.

Remember, Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

2: Learn new skills and expand your interest zone

Have you made an inventory of your interests and skills? If not, it’s a good time to build one. Use the below grid. You can take the help of your parents to fill in the details.

Learn new ways of doing things. Learning new skills supplement your existing interests and

skills. You can explore new ideas and try out new concepts.

Request your parents to teach you certain life skills like small repair works, change light bulbs, cook, check for fresh fruits and veggies while buying groceries, care for young and old and many other tasks that are done at home.

Remember, learning never stops, so don’t limit yourself to what you wrote. You can learn many more skills throughout your life.

3: Focus on the broad picture

Based on your interest, think of the broad picture first. Don’t narrow down yet. Think to serve God through your interest. God in his time will guide you to a particular career or ministry.

4: Obey those in authority over you

Hebrews 13:17 (NLT) Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.

Respect and obey the authorities God has placed over you. Right now, there are adults in your life (parents, teachers, spiritual leaders) who are in authority over you. When you begin an occupation, you will have a manager directing you.

Laws passed by government authorities are also meant to be obeyed.

Right now, your parents are helping you make wise decisions. They have your best interest and they know you better than anyone else. They love you and are concerned about your future.

Even when you are grown, they can still be your most valued counselors. They may want you to seek additional counsel from spiritual leaders they respect. Allow them to speak to you, share Scritpures and experiences. This will help you become more wise and knowledgable.

Do not make major decisions alone. Prayerfully consider the suggestions that come your way.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT) May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

5: Pray about attending a Christian college

Christian colleges are usually smaller in size. So you will enjoy personal attention from professors. A Christian college can help you volunteer for ministry work and you get plenty of mission opportunities. You will be surrounded with people passionate about God.

So choose a college where you faith in God can flourish.

6: Make preparation a daily goal

Start preparing for your future right now. Set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound

Work hard towards accomplishing the goals.

Click on the below link to read about the next step

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved

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