Does Age Really Matter?

Once I finished confirmation my eighth grade year one of my sponsors left me with a bible verse. At first I didn’t really believe or understand this verse. It’s always been in the back of my mind. Today during the English classes we got to hangout with the seven year olds. This entire trip has been harder for me Spanish wise than I ever thought it would be. But today I was able to hold the longest conversation in Spanish that I have had this entire month with a little girl, who was seven years old. Once I got home, that bible verse kept creeping it’s way back to the front of my mind and I had to pull out my bible and go searching for it.
“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

I’ve been trying so hard to understand and comprehend everything that’s been said around me. But talking to that little girl today was the first time that everything has come together and clicked in my brain. It wasn’t the fact that she’s seven, or that we were talking in simple conversation, or that I was teaching her how to ask ‘how much is it?’ It was the fact that she was so interested in what I had to say to her and she wanted to help me, just like I wanted to help her. We were on the same speaking level in each other’s languages and I learned more from her in those ten minutes that I have simply listening to other people talk.
I’ve always believed that in order to have an impact on someone’s life you have to be a couple different things. You have to possess more intellectual capabilities, be older, and you have to a basic understanding of life. But do any of those actually matter in this situation, especially age? I gained more confidence in speaking today from a little girl who has no idea what a quadratic equation is or anything about chemical reactions, or has to worry about any other life changing decisions besides what’s she’s going to buy during break. She set an example for me today, to be patient and understanding towards others. Showing the slightest interest in another person begins to open up the minds of others. If you are a person that believes you have to be old to be wise, approach every situation as if you have an infinite amount of years. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.”

2 thoughts on “Does Age Really Matter?

  1. Reminds me of this quote by poet Rainer Maria Rilke:

    “Be patient with regard to all that is in your heart is still unresolved and try to love the questions themselves like closed parts and books written in an extremely foreign language. Do not seek for the moment of the answer because you would not be able to live through it. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will live thereafter and gradually without realizing it, one day, live your way into the answer.”

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