Kimone Thomas fully placing her trust in God
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
While Kimone Thomas is 15 years old, she is involved in a number of activities, which, she says, have helped to keep her focused.
"Temptations and peer pressure are real. It is very real, but I keep occupied, and that's why I find myself in so many activities to keep my mind focused, and so I don't feel pressured to indulge in secular activities like my peers do," she said.
"I am the Adventist youth leader at my church, and being in a leadership position such as this has helped me to be more outspoken, seeing that I was once a shy little girl," said Thomas.
She is also the assistant treasurer of the Etiquette Club at her school, an active member of the Inter-School Christian Fellowship, and a member of the Key Club.
"I have a routine, and that helps me to balance my time with schoolwork and all the other activities that I'm engaged in. It is very important to strike the right balance, especially when you take part in so many things."
She told Family and Religion that getting involved in her environment has allowed her to develop holistically as a young person. "I am willing to go out and try new things and meet new people, and that helps me to build my character, and I like that."
Also the assistant coordinator for the youth choir at the Rectory Road Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Kimone says working with young people is sometimes tough, but she still puts her all into it. "I have realised that I'm not doing the work for man or the earthly rewards, but for God, and for me, that is good enough," she stated emphatically.
BAPTISED AT NINE
Kimone has a level of maturity that is beyond her years, and so she decided to be baptised at nine years old, adding that she was positively influenced to become a Christian by the "mature company" she kept. "Everyone was always talking about this grand Heaven and how it's a place where you want to be, and so at nine years old, I understood that to make it to Heaven, I had to take the step to create a relationship with God and allow Him to take full control of my life, so I just allowed self to be dead and allowed God to take over," said Kimone.
A fourth-form student at the Glenmuir High School, she has chosen to major in business but also finds that she is passionate about working with young people, so she will be pursuing a career in accounting or social work.
She describes herself as being different from other girls her age. "I don't dress like regular girls my age, and I'm not influenced by the current fashion trends. I like to cover my body, so they always say I'm old, but I don't mind. I do devotions every morning, read the Bible, and pray every day.
"I am self-motivated and driven by the need to succeed, and, although I'm young, I can't use that as an excuse to mess up. My parents make sacrifices to send me to school, and there are too many people depending on me for me to allow myself to fail. I am coming from a home situation that is less than ideal, but I'm determined to make the best of it because the ultimate goal is to get out of the situation," she said.
Thomas admonishes other young people to put God first and move forward in faith. "Put your trust in God and trust Him to work it out. If you have a problem, be a part of the solution. Set high standards for yourself and work hard to achieve them."