If you are a teenager living in these times I can only imagine what the stories you will tell your kids. I didn’t get a phone until I was in the 4thgrade, or sometimes we couldn’t get Internet upstairs. Are those hard times? They are for our kids and teenagers today. But on the other hand, these kids face fears like never before. Such as terrorist activities which seem to be occurring now each and every day. From people being blown up in shopping malls, to be-headings in the Middle East just for professing to being a Christian.
I have a message for all of you today, it’s a compilation of some things I’ve heard and read in scripture as well as from ministers who teach God’s prophetic word.
If you are a young person today, be alert and learn as much as you can regarding what is going on around you. The people perish for lack of knowledge the Bible says. So seek out what’s going on in your communities, in your town and state. The more you know the easier decisions will be when something arises that needs wisdom. Remember, the Bible is filled with so much wisdom, especially the book of Proverbs. That is highly suggested reading for any teenager or young adult.
Some other important suggestions I’d like to share are character builders. For instance, if you have free time, by that I mean you don’t have a job or are at school, find some places to volunteer. Or better yet, ask your mom or dad if they have certain things you can help them with. They will surely appreciate that. If they don’t have anything call your grandparents and see if they need help with anything. Remember, they are older and can’t do some of the yard work like they used to. So find ways to help someone and believe me when I say you will be blessed for doing so. Always, always show respect and listen carefully to your parents and grandparents. They love you very much and want you to grow up making good choices in life. They have your best interest at heart when they give you advice. It’s so important to store their knowledge and wisdom for times when you will need it. I realize some of those stories can be boring, but ask God to give you a spirit to be a good listener and take good mental notes. One day you will be so glad you did that. See, they have lived so much longer than you have, and they have experienced tough times and good times, and how they handled the tough times really tells you about their character. Learn how they handled certain situations and use that later on in life. There is no better teacher than the Bible, and your elders, especially if they are Christian believers. What a double blessing that is if they are.
Another great suggestion that I'd like to share is to always be yourself, because everyone else is already taken – right? It’s so hard to try and be the person who is perfect, that is very stressful and besides no one is perfect, except Jesus. If you are yourself by being honest and trustworthy, your friends and family will always be able to count on you for support and love. But, if you are always trying to be someone you are not, well you will always be disappointed and they will be too. Remember, you are a special child of God, when he made you he threw away the mold. You are made in His image and carry his amazing genes on the inside of you. Act like it. You also have all the power needed in the form of the Holy Spirit to do anything that comes your way, that is if you believe and trust in Jesus. If you have been saved by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and he has begun to create in you a clean heart, then you are on your way to a life filled with much peace and joy. But when trouble comes and it will, Jesus will be there to give you a helping hand and give you his strength to get through it. The choice is yours. For me it was a no brainer. I was tired of living angry, afraid and stressed out over things I had no control over all the time. My choice was clear, Jesus was the answer for me, I hope it will be for you too.
Here is a letter I read on facebook written by a gentleman named John Tapene:
My advice to teenagers:
Go home mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons and after you are finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe your time and energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness and lonely ever again. In other words grow up! Stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for something to do something someday. Someday is NOW and that somebody is YOU!
Have a blessed day everyone, if you have a teenager or know one who may be blessed by this pass it along will ya! Thank you and God Bless.