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by Trever Carter

I get easily discouraged.  Really, really easily discouraged. Part of the reason that is true, I think, is because I’m a chronic people-pleaser: when someone says jump, I ask how high. It’s a blessing and a curse, really.  Because of it, I pour my heart and my all into everything I do—if I’m doing something halfheartedly, it’s taking away from where I could be investing my time elsewhere, and, therefore, I should not be doing it. The thing is, when I’m giving my everything to everyone, I get spread a little thin. And when I’m spread a little thin, I get a little tired. And when I get a little tired, I start to falter. And when I falter, I get discouraged. And therein lies a vicious cycle of wanting to please everyone and ending up disappointing myself and others.

For example, I play Varsity lacrosse at Grayslake North High School, which I love and have loved ever since I started playing freshman year. Sure, it’s time consuming, sure it’s tiring, but it’s been a great way for me to make friends and build relationships with people. This year is my first year playing varsity, and it’s a whole different game. I don’t get much playing time, it’s a new group of people, and we’ve had a rough start. But I’ve been putting my all into it since November, and I’m getting a little discouraged that something I’ve invested so much time in isn’t paying off. Plus, it’s detracting from other areas of my life.

John16-32And in that, I think God has something to say. I think that He believes that if I’m putting my all into a sport for Him, he’s crazy about that. He’s crazy about me being a light for Him on and off the field, no matter the worldly outcomes of the practices or games.

That is the mindset I have to keep- an audience of One.

And it’s the same for all areas of my life. I have to give Him my all in my friendships, my relationships, my schoolwork, my anything. If I do, then He will be pleased.

So I take my trials and all. I embrace the struggles and the hard times and the disappointment, because I know if I’m living for Him, He’s content, and He will use it all to form me into me.

My favorite verse, and the most life impactful, is John 16:33.

“In this world you will have tribulations, but take heart, for I have overcome the world!”

How encouraging! In everything that life throws at you, in the struggles and discouragement, God promises to be with you through it.

TrevernewheadshotTrever Carter is a junior at Grayslake North High School. He enjoys running, playing lacrosse, and photography. He also likes to write, serve with the church, and spend time with his friends.

One thought on “ICYouth: An Audience of One {Trever}

  1. I really loved this! I too am a people pleaser but I didn’t realize the curse of this until I became an adult. I had spent almost 30 years being that way so it would take time and God to help me realize when it is a blessing and when I need to step back. I often pray that My focus will be for the audience of one. It is a blessing that you realized this so early on in life. God has gifted you with great wisdom and I am happy that you are sharing it with the world.

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