As a little girl growing up in South Africa, I remember walking down to the beach one day and looking up to see a sign that said, “Whites Only”. Confused, I turned to the person with me and asked what it meant. They said that this beach was only for white people. My immediate response was, “So where do all the other people go when they want to go to the beach.” They explained that people of other skin colours had their own beaches they could go to that was much closer to their home and much better for them.

Of course, it was only years later that I came to discover the evil of apartheid in my beloved nation. My point I am trying to get at today is that I spent years believing what I was told by grown-ups and educators around me instead of finding out for myself what was happening in my country.

I simply believed and accepted what was told to me and always thought, “Well, surely the grown-ups know what’s best. After all, I’m just a kid, what do I know?”

So my question to you is, what do you believe about Jesus? Have you simply believed what was told to you by others or have you found out who He is and what He’s about for yourself?

So how can you find out more about who God is?

  1. Read God’s letter to us, the Bible – In our day and age, there are many voices shouting many different things. But can I encourage you that there is a Truth that has stood the test of time. The Bible is a book that was written thousands of years ago and yet is still the best-selling book of all time.┬áCan I encourage you to pick up a Bible or find one online and begin reading it? Perhaps a good place to start is in the New Testament. Read about how Jesus lived His life on earth. I promise it will inspire you.
  2. Ask God to show you who He is – Yep, you heard me. Talk to God and ask Him to show you who He is and what He thinks about you. He can handle your tough questions, I promise. Maybe all you’ve heard is that God is angry or distant or hard to please. Take some time out and talk to Him about these things and ask Him to bring clarity to what you’ve heard. He may just answer you!

I promise you that God is far better than anything you’ve heard. He can sometimes be so misrepresented by both the well-meaning and the ill-meaning people out there.

Nothing is stopping you from finding more about who He really is for yourself. I know that if you do some digging, you will find out that He loves you more than you can fathom and that He has incredible plans for your life.

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