Boring Christian Teenager Life
Hi, my name is Martin.
I grew up in Switzerland in a Christian home and went to church twice a week. I enjoyed growing up with lots of friends and lots of travelling. When I was about 14 years old I was seeking for the Holy Spirit because everyone around me had experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and they all said that if I did likewise, my eyes would be opened and my Christian life would start.
So I asked God for about 6 months and then one day during prayer there it was – I had received His Spirit and was speaking in tongues. There is a bit more to that story but let’s keep going... I got baptized and everything was exciting. This lasted for a few months and then it all went back to normal.
About a year later I started having a lot of problems at school. I got bullied a lot. I did not fulfil my teachers or my parent’s expectations and I slipped into a very uneventful life. I spent most of my time after school in front of the TV or on the internet, or playing computer games. Every Sunday and Wednesday I would go to church meetings and pray and read the Bible a little.
The Bible says we cannot follow the world and God at the same time – we have to decide for one or the other:
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
I was not a Christian anymore. I still went to church but I was not interested in God at all.
Then at the age of 17 I started an apprenticeship as a joiner, but after 1 year the employer said I was too lazy and I should put more effort into the work. Three months later he kicked me out. I found another company that took me on but they also kicked me out after 3 months. So what should I do now? To be honest I wasn’t too concerned; I still lived at home and my parents paid for everything so I wasted time doing nothing.
Then my parents asked me if I would like to go to Scotland for a few months to help out with a church project they organized everything and I agreed, just to get away from home. My parent split up at this time and I sort of just wanted to start something new. I arrived in Perth and from then onwards my life started to slowly change.
After a few months they asked me if I wanted to stay and I agreed. I had two good friends around me and I was doing some work for the church so I liked it. But after about 4 months the work came to an end and I had to find a job. Suddenly I was faced with the hard facts of life and I had to find work and pay rent. I started looking for a job but to be honest I did not really look for one. Often I would sleep till 12 – 2 pm in the afternoon and then ask a few shop if they had any vacancies. The people I was staying with could no longer accommodate me and so I ended up a few weeks living on the street, Bed and breakfast and Salvation army...
For an 18 year old teenager in a foreign country foreign language I was scared and somehow alone. I wasn’t used to that! It was there when I started to cry out to God and started really reading the Bible.
During one night I was reading the bible, kneeling in front of the bed I got at a salvation army hostel, I cried out to God asking him for some kind of answer and suddenly I felt an assurance that I would get a job and everything would be fine.
The scripture in - PSALM 37:39
"But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him."
- gave me tremendous strength and I knew the Lord would help me if I trusted in him. So I put all my trust in God and I had confidence that He would supply all my needs.
That week I got a job working at Burger King (Hurrays). I worked there for about 6 months and in this time the Bible came alive for me there were so many answers to all my problems and on top of this, joy and fun and peace and reward just filled my heart. I often was just overwhelmed with the joy of the Lord and could not stop smiling. It was not some kind of superficial joy or something I produced it was just in prayer or reading the bible alone in my room praying and seeking God.
Since then it was not all a bed of roses but the Lord always answered me when I sought him mostly through his Word.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I now live in Abernethy just 15 minutes from Perth and recently spent 6 months in Australia and visited a friend in New Zealand. I have a car and finally managed to complete my drivers license. I am halfway though my studies as a civil engineer and I work as a fully qualified joiner and window fitter.
But most of all I spend daily time with God and thank Him for turning my life around to the point where I can start helping others. I know the Lord still has a lot in store for me and I have experienced a lot with God since then– and God can change your life as well.