1. God loves you–
1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
I don’t think I ever thought about or realized how much God loved me when I was a teenager. I sought all of my approval from friends, boyfriends, teachers, and accomplishments. Oh how I wish I knew then that God is a better friend to me and takes better care of me any man. Had I known about His love for me, perhaps I would have recognized my royal position as a true Princess, a daughter of the King of Kings.
No one talks to the King’s daughter all crazy! She is confident in who she is because of her father. She respects her Father enough to follow his commands even when she thinks they are lame because she understands how much he loves her.
In one of my favorite movies, Disney’s Princess Protection Program. Demi Lovato’s character says the following: “You think that being a princess is superficial. That it is about what you wear and how you look….. it is what you have to offer to the world and who you are inside.”
2. The decisions you make now are important.
Ephesians 5:15-17: Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Andy Stanley, lead pastor at NorthPoint Church says there is one question that, if we ask it each time we make a decision, it will bring clarity to the important questions, problems and dilemmas in our lives. He calls it the best question ever.
The best question ever is:
Is this the WISE THING to do? Based on—my past experiences, my current circumstances and my future hopes and dreams.
All too often we ask ourselves the wrong question when making choices. We usually ask Can I do this? In today’s society we can pretty much rationalize any decision as something that we CAN do. Often, if we can’t rationalize or don’t even want to take the time to think through a decision, we just throw it in the YOLO (you-only-life-once) category and like Nike, “Just Do It”.
Andy Stanley explains that simply asking if we can do something or not or even asking if doing something is wrong leads us to ask: “How close I get to the line between right and wrong without actually doing something wrong?” Better put: “How far over the line can I go before I experience consequences?”
Unfortunately this method of decision making often leads us to ask: “How did I get myself into this mess?”
Then we learn the hard lesson that while we only live once, we may have to suffer the consequences of our decisions over and over.
“By three methods we may learn wisdom. First by reflection which is the noblest; Second by imitation which is easiest; and third by experience which is the bitterest”-Confucius
What advice would you give to teenage girls?