A Flower, Not a Weed
“My goodness you’ve grown up so much since I last saw you. You’re growing like a weed!”
From the time I was a child I have heard this statement. Always, I reply the same way: “I hope I’m growing like a flower and not a weed.” No one wants to be compared to a pesky weed! The last thing I want you to imagine when you see me is pulling me out of your garden. I want to grow up to be something of beauty and worth.
This crazy world makes it more difficult to make good decisions. As a teen, there are many challenges I face on a daily basis which could easily turn me into a “weed.” However, something in my life has remained constant. I have been in Adventist education for nine years. Through these nine years I have learned that I have a love and talent for music, how to apply the Bible to my daily life and how to make good decisions.
Though the impact that music has had on me may not apply to everyone in Adventist education, it has made a big difference to me. Most of our schools have amazing music programs. From the time I was in third grade, I have loved to sing and play a large variety of instruments. My music teachers throughout the years have encouraged me to pursue my love for music and turn it into a career. They have influenced me from the songs they have picked for us to play and sing to the attitude they have. Their positive attitudes and flexibility have taught me to relax and be happy.
The teachers at my schools have always used the Bible in their everyday curriculum. Whether it’s math or English, the teachers often start off with a little worship thought, a favorite Bible verse or at least prayer. This has helped me in my daily spiritual life and walk with God. Although at one point I struggled with understanding how the Bible was personally relevant, my teachers have helped me to see how it applies it to my life in all circumstances.
Probably the biggest thing I have learned is how to make good decisions I won’t regret. As a teenager there are many things I could choose that lead to terrible consequences, but being in an Adventist schooling system has influenced my choices. The teachers help me understand there are consequences for my actions and provide a clear set of guidelines to help me choose good things instead of those that will ultimately be hurtful.
My recently found love for music, ability to apply the Bible to my daily life and making good decisions are changing my life for the better. All of these things have helped me to grow stronger in my faith and in my walk with Jesus. He has a plan for my life, and I know He wants to help me grow into the flower He has intended all along.