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By Erianne Thedorf

Do you ever get the feeling that you might be a nuisance to someone else? The definition of nuisance is an obnoxious or annoying person, thing, condition, practice, etc. I constantly am feeling this way in multiple scenarios throughout the day. For example, when I’m all done paying for my groceries, I say to the cashier, “Thank you! Have a nice day!” and hope they actually do have a nice day. Most of them usually reply with “thanks” in a rude tone or “next please” or they don’t even reply at all. I don’t know if it’s the grocery store I choose to go to or the employees, but I constantly am finding myself in that position where I think to myself, “Am I being a nuisance?” I understand the cashiers don’t wish to know your life story, as well as be at work longer than they have to, but it just surprises me and makes me question myself.

I’ve come to a conclusion that I occasionally feel this way about my faith as well. Sometimes when I talk to my friends who are non-religious about my faith or church, I feel that I’m only being a nuisance to them — that they’re thinking, “Okay, we get it, you’re a Christ follower.” But we shouldn’t be afraid to proclaim our faith and what we believe in. I want to be known as a Christ follower because that’s my life, and that’s who I am. I want to be recognized as someone who is strong in her faith. However, be careful in the way you preach because most people do not intend to hear your whole life story while out to eat. Listen to 1 Peter 3:15 as it says, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.”

There was a time not too long ago when one of my friends from school unfriended/unfollowed me on a social media account. When I asked her about it, she explained that my posts were “just too religious.” After she said that I immediately thought my posts were being a nuisance to her. I became self-conscious and was wondering if anyone else felt the same way and if I really was being bothersome with my posts. I had to remind myself however, that I shouldn’t care how one person judges me about my faith. I am proud to be a follower of Christ, and I wish to set a good example for others. I am proud to be known as a Christ follower to my peers. We are the ones who should be spreading this good news of Christ’s love, bringing people to God continually. Don’t be ashamed of that like I was!

Live your life full of spirit and be proud of it! Your faith is never a nuisance!

ErianneErianne is a Junior at Grayslake North High School. She enjoys books, movies, music and meeting new people!

2 thoughts on “ICYouth: Am I a Nuisance? (Erianne)

  1. Hi Erianne:

    I appreciate your words in your writing, Am I a Nuisance. I loved how you ended by saying, “We are the ones who should be spreading this good news of Christ’s love, bringing people to God continually.”

    All too often I hear and see those proclaiming to be a “Christian” making excuses why not be bold for spreading the great news of Christ. I’ve heard, I don’t want to offend people, I don’t want to be pushy and so on. Like you have done, we are commanded by our Lord and Savior to spread the good news. Throughout the new testament we are told we will be criticized for being Christ followers. One of my favorite verses is I Peter 4:14-16, 19 “f you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” Verse 19 reads–“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” I have often wondered am I doing God’s will if I’m not suffering or being criticized. Yet who likes to suffer or be criticized, right?

    Matthew 10:33 reads–“But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

    Thank you so much for sharing and I pray that you will continue to spread the awesome, wonderful news about Jesus Christ!! 🙂

  2. We are called to be the “salt and the light” in this ever-darkening world. The contrast between our faith and the values of the Christ-less world become ever more clear. Never be ashamed of Jesus, as he is never ashamed of us even in our most severe deficiencies, He has forgiven us and loves us unconditionally. Our message of steadfastness in Christ glares like a beacon that draws the annoyed to take a closer look at out faith. Thank you Erianne. 🙂

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