My name is Katie. I am 17 years old and a senior at St. George’s Independent School. I will be attending Loyola University Chicago in the fall with a major in Multimedia Journalism. And this is my first blog post.

I must admit that I was a bit nervous when I was first asked to write for the Second Baptist Church Blog. I did not know what to say or how to say it. I felt a bit intimidated staring at a blank screen that was supposedly, and hopefully, going to be filled with words that were to eventually be read by my church family. I read a few previous blog posts to hopefully get some inspiration, which I did. So, here it goes.

Youth and Scriptural Inspiration

1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Do not 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 have always loved this verse ever since it was the theme for the 2010-2011 school year, when I was a fourth grader at Zion Christian Academy. It is now eight years later, and it is still a verse that I think about quite often.

For me, this verse says that no one is too young to set an example, whether that be for kids who are younger than me or adults who are older. I don’t want to grow up thinking that I am not allowed to teach adults something just because of my age or that I am too young to know what I am talking about when it comes to important matters.

This verse has always helped me believe that I can do anything. This church too has always helped me believe that I can do anything.

Treadwell School Supplies Project

As some of you may know, I have recently put on a school supplies drive in the church in order to collect and donate supplies to Treadwell Elementary School for a school project. I put several bins throughout the church and made announcements about when and why this drive was happening.

Throughout the entire process of the project, I have heard nothing but support from my church family, my peers at school, and the teachers who are assisting me in completing the project. Now, don’t get me wrong, I never thought that I would get anything but support, but it is totally reassuring to hear from everyone who surrounds me that what I am doing is good.

This project has taught me that I can do anything that I set my mind to. This project was transformative in many ways, but there was one moment that I will never forget.

When I went to deliver the school supplies to Treadwell, I got to see the kids these school supplies would be going to in their single file lines with their little backpacks. As I walked past, I said “hi” to all of the kids who were in the hallways. There was one little girl who looked to be only eight or nine years old.  She gazed at me with my big bin of school supplies and said, “I want all of that!” It was then that I realized I was setting an example for these little kids by giving them school supplies and hopefully inspiring them to do something like this for someone else one day.





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