Many of you know that I worked at a summer camp for a few months. I spent my time running rec games and washing dishes and it was easily the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. While working at the camp, I was trained for the gift shop. This was the ultimate hangout place for all of the campers as it was home to souvenirs, smoothies, and espresso. Comfy chairs and cold air conditioning provided a welcome break from the hot, Texas sun.
In the gift shop, we sold a variety of shirts. There were baseball tees and glow in the dark shirts. But, there was also a shirt known as the “Renegade” shirt. This shirt came in salmon pink and turquoise blue. The front read, “Be a renegade. Conform no more. Romans 12:2.” I always thought that the shirt was cool, but I never appreciated it until I found out the meaning of renegade. A renegade is a rebel, one who turns away from the typical standards of society. A renegade is a person who is passionate for their cause and doesn’t break in the face of a challenge. A renegade sets their own rules despite the opinions of others.
Now, bear with me, as I’m going to switch gears for a moment.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people use age as a limiter. When someone says, “You’re too young to understand,” or “You’re too young to make a difference,” my blood boils. I fully believe age does not change what you are capable of doing. 1 Timothy 4:12 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.” I try to live by this verse as it is a call to action for all young people. We are the ones to set the example. We are the ones that will change the world. We just have to take the first step.
This brings me to the name of my blog. I believe I am a young renegade, a teenager called to make a difference. I believe I have been called to break out of the confining box of society. I wanted to create a way to follow my personal journey. Maybe this blog will help to inspire other young people to make a difference. Maybe this blog will provide guidance for those looking for help. Maybe this blog will change someone’s life. Maybe, just maybe, this blog will start to change the world.