I am proud to be a teenager. People have said this will be the best time of my life. I get to goof off, do whatever I want, and live the life of a party before I have to take responsibility for my life. On top of all this “fun” stuff, I will have no adult take me seriously, people will assume I am (and want) to be lazy, and that I don’t want to have an opinion about anything. For me, I feel the weight of this stereotype. I know two things about myself though. One, I am not normal, and two, I hate this stereotype. Is it okay to think that just because I am a young teen, that I have no important thoughts and I am incapable of making decisions? I do not think so.
As teens, we have let the world get away with thinking we are slackers. Since we have few pressures, why would we want to create more? I hate the excuse, “You’re just a teenager so you’re going to do it.” That is not true, my friends. We never have to cave to peer pressure. I believe that everyone will make mistakes and that some mistakes are dumber than other. People make mistakes at any age in life though.
I started this blog to get my voice out into the world because I believe with my entire being that God never created teenagers to sit back and slack on life. David was a teen when he defeated Goliath, Joseph was a teenager when God started using him, and Mary was a teenager when she gave birth to Jesus (females got married in their teens in Bible times). God started these word-changers journies when they were teenagers. It was not any easy journey, but they listened to God. If God used teens back then, then he definitely can use us now.
There is the Bible verse 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
Just because we are young does not mean we can let the teen years of our life go to waste. People are not guaranteed tomorrow. I learned that this year when I saw someone young die, but the thing is, they didn’t waste their life. They had an active faith. We can be an example for others. We can be an example to the world. Rise up out of this stereotype. Raise the standards.
I feel the weight of this chain as a teen. It is a very relevant feeling. Be the voice you want to have. If you know that God is laying something on your heart then share it. Break the bonds of this stereotype. Let’s be the voice the world needs to hear in every part of our lives. Whatever it is you do, date, go to school, play a sport or instrument, volunteer, let it be Jesus. Be wise.
Let’ rethink this together,