Benjamin Fraser – focused on serving
Ardenne High School student Benjamin Fraser knew exactly what was important to him from age seven. At that age, most children are thinking about everything, but their spiritual well-being.
Not young Fraser who embraced Christ as his Lord and Saviour in 2003 at age seven.
Looking back at that time, Fraser said it was not a hard decision for him as he was "born and raised" on a church bench.
"I've always been Christian-minded not only because I started receiving a Christian education at a tender age, but more so because I was able to see what it meant to be a Christian through the lives of my parents," he told Family and Religion.
Maintaining his faith has not always been easy and he will be the first to admit that there were times when he often faltered in being consistent in prayer and fasting. Areas he deems very important in a Christian's life.
"Consistency. No matter how highfalutin' the stories and analogies preachers and teachers want to use to talk about effective Christian living, the three main ingredients to remain planted in God are fasting, prayer, and the study of the Word all mixed with grace, of course," he said.
There are days, he said, when he has been on the mountain and then there are those low days when he finds himself in the "valley of procrastination, indecisiveness and folly".
When it comes to peer pressure and losing focus where his faith is concerned, Fraser is not sweating it as he describes himself as a "born leader". For him, the work of Christ in his life. He brushes off regular comments such as "old", "too much", and said he is very comfortable in his own skin: a "dark, glasses-wearing, nonathletic student who is unashamed of his identity in Christ."
Fraser said he is not embarrassed to declare his allegiance to Christ.
"God has blessed me with good friends who share my vision for success and growth so I don't crave the acceptance of the masses. Frankly, I don't mind being different. In St Matthew 5, Jesus likens us to salt, light, and a city on a hill. I embrace His Word and I'm not afraid to stand out for Him."
A few months shy of putting his teenage years behind, Fraser has reached out to fellow young men.
"It can be very entertaining and soothing to your ego to see girls come after you, but females aren't toys. Though many of them conduct themselves less than they are worth, that gives us no reason to exploit them. They are to be respected and honoured," he said, pointing out that children of God must remain pure even when the world is bombarded with immorality.
"When you detect any semblance of inappropriateness, run like Joseph," he said.
Fraser is the students' council president for Ardenne High and the National Secondary Students' Council Regional vice-president. He is also a member of the North Kingston Sanctuary (United Pentecostal Church) where he is actively involved in various ministries.
Looking ahead, he has been accepted to study at three universities - both locally and internationally - however he is now in waiting mode. "I'm patiently waiting for God to open the doors for provision."
His ultimate career goal is to serve Jamaica by strengthening the legal fraternity and representing the people at the local and international levels.