Trying new things can be scary, especially when we are young. 

But God calls us to be brave and try new things even when we’re young. In 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV), it says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 

Oftentimes we like to stay inside our comfort zones and only do things we are already comfortable with. But what would happen if we took a step outside of that zone? Could we find things we like that we thought we wouldn’t? Could we make a difference and help in other people’s lives? 

For a while, I was scared to talk to new people and try to make new friends. I was stuck in my comfort zone. Eventually, I had the courage to take a step outside that circle, and it was amazing! There were so many friendships and relationships I realized I was missing out on because I was stuck in that zone. Once I stepped out, I made so many more friends. 

The same goes for serving others. When I was 9, I decided to host my first Compassion Sunday™ event. I had never done anything like that, and I had never spoken in front of people before. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and not let age be an obstacle. When I took a leap of faith, it had a big impact on those around me. Many kids were sponsored because I took a step into the unknown.

The unknown can be scary, but if we trust God, we can do anything because he will always be there to guide us and help us through new things, no matter if we are 6 or 60! So even if you are young, start trying new things! You may never know the things you’re capable of if you don’t try!

So whether that’s trying a new food or hosting a Compassion Sunday event, take a leap of faith and trust God as you try a new thing!

Written by Grace, guest kid editor of this issue of Compassion Explorer Magazine.