I am deeply concerned for the tweens and teens of this generation. Social media and electronic affirmation has become WAY too powerful in your lives. Technology itself allows you access to information and imagery that no one needs to experience. I'm stunned by how many young people think about or perform self harm like cutting or even worse, suicide attempts. My generation had its problems but things like self harm and suicide NEVER crossed our minds, or rarely did (since I can't speak for all).
If any young
person reads this, please take this and plunge it deep into your heart
and mind: your life IS precious. No matter how bad it feels today, IT
WILL NOT ALWAYS FEEL THIS WAY. It WILL get better!. Even if the whole
world dumps on you and seems to despise you, God, maker of heaven and
earth, loves you desperately. He dreamed you up out of nothing because
He could not imagine His creation WITHOUT YOU IN IT. Every moment of
your life is a new opportunity, a new adventure waiting for your first
step. Jesus doesn't care what you've done or who posts about how
horrible you are. He LOVES you enough to die for you. Jesus went to the
cross to set you free. Can't make it through the month? Just lean on
Jesus through the week. Can't make it through the week? Just lean on
Jesus through the day. Can't make it through the day? Just lean on Jesus
through the hour.
Young adults, please understand, there are
millions of people just like you, who have gone through tragedy, hellish
conditions, depression, bullying, anxiety, eating disorders, destroyed
self image, and everything else—and with God's power—have come out the
other side to THRIVE in life. One of the scariest things about your life
now is that you might believe that your current world hates you. But
please understand your current world, as important as it is, is just a
tiny drop of water in the ocean of life. Middle school is just one tiny
room in a great big mansion. High School is a bigger world still, and
yet, still small. College too will expand your world exponentially, and
then THE WHOLE WORLD will open up for you. Trust me on this: that guy or
girl you're pining away for, believing that he/she is the only one who
will ever be just right for you—IS NOT THE ONE. There's a whole world of
possible crushes out there. Seriously, and most of them are cuter, too.
thrown you the keys to life, and He wants to watch you explore His
world. and LIVE. Don't listen to the lies of evil, telling you all kinds
of negative things about yourself. YOU are the only ONE of YOU. And you
are beautiful to God.