All of the great men and women of the Bible started their lives as ordinary people. God didn't look for the best looking, the most popular, the smartest, the best educated, the best public speakers, the best leaders, the best behaved. Instead he chose those who were rejected by the world, the young, the uneducated, the worst of sinners and he equipped them do what he called them to do. David was a shepherd, Peter and Andrew were fishermen, Paul was persecuting the church, Mary was just a regular Jewish chick.
In Exodus chapter three God called Moses to rescue the Israelites from Egypt but Moses said, "I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? God answered, "I will be with you" (verses 11-12). When that voice in your head tells you you're not smart enough, good enough, popular enough, talented enough to be called by God remember that God will be with you. That is the key, God is with you and helping you to do what he called you to do. He might be calling you to teach Kid's church, to write Christian music, to join the worship team at church, to talk to your school friends about your faith, to raise money for the poor, to visit the lonely - whatever is, he is with you and will help you.
The Bible gets a bad rap regarding its treatment of women. We need to remember that the Bible was written thousands of years ago in a culture where women did not enjoy the same social standing as men. It wasn't just gender that defined your social standing - race, financial status and other factors played a part. In Galatians 3:29 Paul said, Now, in Christ, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or free, male or female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. I think the important thing to take from the Bible is how Jesus treated women which was revolutionary for his era. Some of his closest friends and followers were women. As Staci Eldridge reminds us Jesus wasn't afraid to interact with women, especially women who had dodgy cultural backgrounds (like the Samaritan woman); who had dodgy careers (like the prostitute); or who were unclean (like the woman who had the bleeding condition).
There is a big "girl power' movement at the moment after centuries of repression. Neither women or men are better than each other - we are all equal in God's eyes.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.