I’m Alesia and I am a home schooled Christian teen trying to adapt to today’s crazy society.
Welcome to my blog!
My blog name means several things: By Reaching Higher I am challenging myself to Do and Be better in all that I am.
Instead of settling for the normal, I’ll Reach Higher by setting goals to grow strong in both my personal life and my spiritual life with God.
In this blog, I will post about My Spiritual Journey and the discoveries I make as I learn more about God and all the amazing things He's done!
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
As a child, I loved to spread God's word. I would tell all my friends about God and His son Jesus, and all about His plan for each of us. I knew enough about Satan to know that I didn't want anyone to fall into his trap.
I remember at one time, when I was about ten, we had a Japanese student staying with us. Hiromi was amazing, and like a big sister to me. I loved her and wanted her to know about God.
So one night, I stayed up for hours telling her about Jesus, and how I knew when I died, I was going to Heaven. I told her how Jesus loves us all and wants us all to go to Heaven to be with Him.
Now remember, I was ten at the time, so what I said probably wouldn’t sound exactly like that. But you get the point.
By the end of the night, she asked Jesus into her heart. She was seventeen, and I was ten. That was one of the best moments of my life.
Then a few years later, I brought our eleven year old Korean student to Christ. He was so excited, he talked non stop about it to his friends. I was so thrilled to know that I was able to bring him so much joy.
I continued to tell friends about Christ for years. Then I had one friend, who was rather stubborn, and didn't want to really listen. She said she went to church, so she knew about God and Jesus.
When I asked her "Did you ask them into your heart?" she said "No, but I used to go to church, and gave tithing and read the Bible."
That made me sad. So many people think that because they go to church, and read the Bible, they are a Christian.
I wanted to tell her more, show her how exciting, and amazing it is to be a Child Of God, but I didn't want to seem pushy.
I had already talked to her about Heaven and Hell, and she said she knew all about them. But I wanted to much so tell her more! But I didn't think I could do that without seeming pushy. And she didn't appear to want to discuss the topic anymore.
So that brings up a tough question. How can we minister to our friends, and tell them about Christ, without being preachy or pushy? Which might just end up driving them way.
It's hard, because many people find religion a very touchy subject. It was always hard for me to get to the point in the discussion, where we were both comfortable about what was being said.
It was always awkward at first. All this religion talk suddenly coming out of no where? I always worried people would think I was nuts for brining it up.
Thanks to God, they never did. And I know it was His will that they come to Him, otherwise they could have easily turned away and thought I was insane.
Just imagine, this seventeen year old, listening to a ten year old minister to them. Some people would think "Oh she's only ten. Why should I listen to her? She doesn't know what she's talking about!" then walk away.
I am so glad Hiromi and our other student listened to me though. Because they did, they now know about Gods undying love.
I also ministered to a young girl that my Mother used to baby-sit. She asked Christ into her heart as well. And my mom told her little brother about Christ. He too asked Him into his heart.
I was so proud that we had been able to minister to those two children. They grew up in a very non-Christian home, and it would have been very hard for them to find out about Christ on their own.
Honestly, I can't tell you how to minister without seeming pushy. What I can tell you is, don't bring the subject up over and over and over again if they don't want to hear it.
It will only make them not want to listen all that much more. If you drop the subject for the time being, God will work on softening their heart. Who knows, one day they may come to you for spiritual advice and want to learn more about Christ.
And He said unto them, "Do into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation!"