Welcome to the very first edition of Teen Voice. My name is Jane Love and I’m your host.
As a starter, I would like to ask this question:
What do you do when you are asked to do something that you don’t want to do?
Do you give in and comply? Or insist on not doing it?
I am as certain that many people will insist on not complying as that some may not. As for me, the one thing I really dislike is when someone ask me to carry out a task i am not interested in doing… especially when they are aware of this. What makes me even angrier is when they try to force me to do it. But over time, i have realized some truths that has helped me control how I react to such circumstances much better.
I always refuse in the situation where the task is a wrongdoing or unlawful (especially in accordance to the Bible). What about you?
I bet it’s the same. However, what I am referring to here are tasks that ARE lawful and right. Examples include normal everyday chores, errands, etc.
Many of us live in this dream world where we want to grow up quickly. So that, we can be free to do what we want and be rid of excess responsibilities. A stage of life when we can be the boss of our own lives.
“I just can’t wait to be 18.”
This is a phrase that’s common among us these days. We are all eager to go to college where we can avoid our parents’ watchful eyes. We want to be free.
And we believe that freedom comes at a certain age. Lol.
Hands up in the comments below if you, like me, used to believe in the lie of “less responsibility with age”. Hands down if you didn’t so I can applaud you.
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Responsibility does not decrease with age. The fact that we are maturing means we are becoming more reliable or open for more responsibility to be placed on our shoulders.
As a baby, asking me to do the dishes will be much more hazardous and disastrous than if I am expected to do so as a teen. First of all, I wouldn’t understand the task assigned to me. Hence, I may wreck the plates rather than clean them.
As a teen, I can’t be expected to go to an office every day (till late at times) to work so I can provide for the family. I may probably face a nervous breakdown. I mean, just going to school alone is enough to wreck most of our nerves and make some of us go bonkers.
However, supposing I was an adult, I would be able to carry out the task described above. This is because I have been through the proper training from schooling in my teenage years. Important lessons like TIME MANAGEMENT, PRIORITIZING, FOCUS, PLANNING, etc. would come in very handy.
The truth is, it is rare to find someone who likes a lot of responsibilities on them. I am sure no teen likes chores because I don’t.
The Other Fact
If everyone gives in to what they really want to do as opposed to what SHOULD be done, the world would be ONE HUGE MESS!!
- An Unchanging Fact
Whatever it is that you are given responsibility for, you have been trained appropriately to handle it – whether you realize it or not.
So, if you are asked to do something that you do not want to do, ask yourself:
- Is it legal globally? Is it legal biblically?
If the answer to first question is positive and the next negative, consider refraining from that action. Furthermore, if the final question has the only positive answer, go ahead because THE WORD OF GOD is the HIGHEST AUTHORITY in Heaven and on Earth.
If both answers are positive, proceed to the next question.
- Is it urgent? Is it important (i.e. something that should be done)?
If both answers are positive, what are you waiting for? Carry out the task!!
If the answer to first question is positive and the next negative, consider refraining from that action. Furthermore, if the final question has the only positive answer, go ahead because even though it may not be urgent, it is something that should be done then.
This has been a lovely episode and I have a great time.
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