Jeremiah thought he was too young to talk with God. Sometimes we think our beginnings are too humble (or broken) for God. Here's the thing though: we all came from a less-than-perfect background. So what about it?
First, it's not worth giving the time of day to the 'Christian' attitude of 'I'm just ordinary.' You were created by Almighty God, for good works. That's far from ordinary! And no matter where you've come from it's still true. You're never just the product of your upbringing.
Secondly, however shambolic your family upbringing may have been, you can learn valuable lessons. You can know to avoid the mistakes of those who did it the wrong way, and follow those who did it the right way. C.S. Lewis reminds us that 'the real Son of God is at your side. He is beginning to turn you into the same kind of thing as Himself.' He can use the very people you've grown up with to get your character growing towards perfection. Hope is always the last word in Christianity. You're never trapped.
Jeremiah told God that he wasn't old enough, couldn't speak well enough and was scared of the opposition. God's response was 'Get yourself ready!' He promised to be with Jeremiah and, if you commit yourself to Him, He'll be with you too.
So what now? Whatever the next important stage of your life, or even next important stage of your week... 'Get yourself ready!' God sees you in every situation and He is with you every step of the way. Be encouraged!
Soulfood : Mt 5:7, Mt 18:21-35, Ps 103:8-18, Lam 3:22-24