A couple of months ago, my 16-year-old cousin, JoBeth Woods, gave a great speech for our church's Youth Day, and I thought it was worth sharing on here. I asked her, and she said she has no problem with it being on here, or my saying her name. She's a sophomore student-athlete at Rison High School.
As a youth and as a person, beleive me, I know what life can throw at you! But beleive me, it's not as bad as you think it is. God is with you, and He'll stand up for you... So why not stand up for Him? Like David, we have our own battles to fight, and our own Goliath's to defeat. Like David, we have our own sheep who have been led astray, to save from dangerous lions and bears. Our own people to save from the sins of this world, such as drugs and alcohol. But that shouldn't stop us! You ask, how do we do this? Just stand up for God! Do the right thing and set a good example for others! Like small children, people need someone to look up to and follow! Maybe not at first, but eventually they'll see how you stand up for God, and how happy you are serving him. Matthew 5:16 says, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven." So just put your faith and trust in the Lord like David, and beleive me, you can do anything!