Young people, it’s wonderful to be young!
Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do;
take it all in. But remember that
you must give an account to God for everything you do.
Several years ago I taught the Bible book of Ecclesiastes to a group of eighth-graders. It took me a few minutes to get the class to quiet down when we came to chapter 11, verse 9: They started celebrating as soon as they read the first part. “Look! The Bible says because we’re young we’re supposed to do everything we want!” the entire classes shouted at me. Once I got them to calm down, I asked them to read the second part of the verse aloud together: “But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.” Once they had finished the verse, the celebrating stopped. They realized that while God wants us to have fun, He also wants us to remember that some day, when we stand in front of Him, we will have to give an explanation for everything we have done.
Being a teenager is an exciting time. The world is wide open to you; the opportunities to have fun are almost limitless. God wants you to enjoy your life and all that it has to offer. Remembering that some day God will ask you to explain the things you did in your life can serve as a great motivator to focus on enjoying the things in life that honor God and His name.
And you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.
My Grandfather was born on the 4th of July, and every year he would say, “The whole country celebrates my birthday!”
As Americans, Independence Day is one of our favorite days of the year; we celebrate our political and national freedom in many ways—with fireworks, picnics, and even worship services. Freedom is an important part of our lives, and our lifestyle.
As free people, we want to promote freedom for all. However, freedom doesn’t mean that we allow anyone to do anything at will, especially if it is harmful to another. Nor should we expect that we can do anything we want to do simply because we want to do it.
For example, we don’t allow our children to eat food that is not good for them, to stay up past their bedtime, or to read books or watch movies that could destroy their innocence.
For a Christian, freedom means that we are freed from the power that sin has on our lives. We are freed from the negativity of a lost soul, from despair, from hopelessness, and from a meaningless existence.
We are freed so that we may follow the Lord Jesus Christ, wherever he leads.
Jesus is the truth. When you know Jesus, as your personal Lord and Savior, you will find the freedom you crave. Freedom from materialism, envy, impatience, lovelessness, cluelessness, distrust, and loneliness.
How might you live in freedom today? Will you ask Jesus today to remove the false chains that are binding you, so that you might truly celebrate being free in Him?
(This blog was written by Teen Mother Choices' friend and former Mentor, Marcia Furrow.)
Do not be afraid or discouraged,
for the Lord will personally go ahead of you.
He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.
The year is half over! Can you believe it?! How is this year going for you so far? Has spending a few moments reading God’s word become part of your daily routine?
As a young mother, there are many things you need to do during the course of your busy day. God knows everything that is going on in your life and He desperately wants to be in it.
Continue spending time with Him each day, no matter how busy your day gets. There is so much that God wants you to learn about Him and this wonderful life He has given you. As you move into the second half of this year, recommit yourself to God. Thank Him that He already knows what will take place in the second half of this year and that He promises to never leave you.
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.