Sometimes it’s difficult to stand up for what we believe in, but we need to let our light shine.
It’s not always easy to be bold—to stand up for what you like, love, and believe. We all have times where we just want to fade away in the back, ignore the questions, and disappear from everyone’s mind. But we shouldn’t.
One day I was hanging out with my friends, talking. We started talking about high school. The majority of the girls in the group go to public school. They know that I go to Lakeside Lutheran High School. So one girl asked why I go there. Another said she was thinking of going there but knew she could use her money for college or something better. They all made their case for why I should change schools.
Finally one of my friends asked again why I go to Lakeside. I didn’t know what to say. I stood there for a moment, then I quickly changed the subject and tried to forget how I didn’t answer her question.
On my way home I couldn’t shake how I had failed to say anything. That night I recalled my religion class and how we talked about being bold in our faith and standing firm in what we believe. I always thought in class, Yeah, yeah. I can speak my faith very well. It will never happen to me that I won’t be able to. Well, that night I proved myself wrong. I just didn’t understand why!
I felt so alone. I knew I had done the wrong thing and thought I was so stupid. If it had been anyone else, he or she would have been right on the ball and said the truth.
But I soon began to realize that I wasn’t the only one. Peter was right there in the same boat with me. He had denied being a follower of Jesus, not only once but three times (John 18:15-27). I could never understand how Peter could have done such a thing. But as I stepped into his shoes, I realized that with everything going on around me, I had done exactly the same thing.
I know what I can do differently next time. I can boldly show my faith by stopping, taking a breath, and thinking for a moment. I can show my beliefs by saying why I love Lakeside, why I am glad—no, privileged—to be attending such a school.
They may not want to spend thousands of dollars on four teenage-crazed years of their life. But I am proud to say that I go to a high school where we pray a lot and set time aside every day to worship. I go to Lakeside because I want to stay close to Jesus. I don’t want to forget about him now or even later on. I want to stay forever close to my Lord, who will bring me to my rightful home in heaven. I’m just sorry I didn’t say that when I had the chance.
When you get caught in a sticky situation and you feel like curling up in a ball or crawling away to hide, don’t freeze up. Pray! God will guide you in what to say. Even if you do make a mistake, you will learn from it and know what to say next time. Like it says in Acts 4:29, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”
Don’t hide your light. Let it shine!
Annah Dobson, a junior at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, is a member at Immanuel, Farmington, Wisconsin.
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Author: Annah Dobson
Volume 101, Number 12
Issue: December 2014
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