Because I Care

16 Jan

Have you ever been so frustrated in life that you wanted to shout, “Why am I here? I never asked to be born!” I remember thinking that as a teen. Actually, none of us got to choose whether or not we were born. That decision was made for us. We also didn’t get to pick our relatives or home environment. We just got what we got. Some of us found ourselves in homes where we were wanted and loved; some of us were not so fortunate and have suffered neglect or abuse.

I recently received an email from an organization I support (PATH—A Positive Approach to Teen Health), highlighting the teen violence going on in the cities near my home. Here are a just a few headlines from local newspaper articles:

Male students repeatedly bullied and taunted high school junior.

Sexually explicit messages about…middle school and high school students on Facebook.

Teens arrested in armed robbery.

Insecurity, jealousy, anger, and deep unhappiness are gripping young people everywhere, big cities and small towns, leading teens to make bad (and even criminal) choices.

So, if your family or social life isn’t all you want it to be, please don’t make poor choices today that will hurt others or possibly ruin your future. Look around and you will find other kids facing similar problems. You are not alone, and if you’ll reach out, God will bring you people to help you with your situation.

Instead of asking, Why was I born into the life I was? (something you can do nothing about), choose instead to focus on: Where am I going? What’s God’s plan for my life?

Because He has more planned for you than you can even imagine right now! Let Him give you fresh vision for all He has for you in the days, months, and even years to come. Let His love transform your thinking through His Word. The Bible really does have something to say about life today! Even more importantly, it has wisdom and answers for your life. (Need a place to start reading? The book of John is great! Or try reading one Proverb a day, corresponding with the date. Today is January 16, so read Proverbs 16.)

Remember: the way you think affects your feelings, and the way you feel often drives your actions. You may not be able to totally change your present circumstances, but you can allow the LORD to lead you into a much better future. This is one decision you are free to make concerning your life!

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Because I care,

Barbara

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