It doesn’t take much to know that the teenage years are some of the most difficult in life. Whether you’re a boy in the 8th grade who hasn’t hit his growth spurt yet, or a junior in high school just hoping to get asked to the prom, there’s a reason they call them the “formative years.”
Teens are SO susceptible to influence, and living in 2019, I know there are a LOT of influences I don’t want coming within ten feet of my kids. The only way to combat the ways of the world is speaking Truth, and encouraging our kids to focus on the things above.
Here are 7 Biblical Truths our teens need to know today.
1. You do not have to be in a romantic relationship to enjoy your high school years.
The pressures are unprecedented, I get that. You see your friends cuddling up to some guy who appears to care, and gave them a teddy bear on Valentine’s Day, and it’s only natural for your heart to long for the same. We were created to love and be loved. But sweet child, you are SO loved by a Father who gave His one son as a brutal sacrifice to be with you. That’s a gift I’d take over a teddy bear any day.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.(Romans 8:28)
2. You are beautiful.
And not just beautiful, but completely and totally unique in every wonderful way. You were created on purpose, for a purpose, and there’s not a hair on your head that wasn’t perfectly designed with intention.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)
3. You are not defined by your GPA.
Yes, your education is important, and you should always work hard to be the best you can be. But you are not defined by your grades, the classes you take, where you’re going to college, or what your title is in a job. You can’t place your identity in those things because they are not what you have been created for. Your identity is in Jesus Christ. Learning is a gift, so don’t take it for granted. But hold tight to the truth that you’re first and foremost a child of God. He’s not looking at your grades, but the condition of your heart.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)