Life as a teenager is tough.
Everyone has a different expectation of you, and no one seems to understand that you can’t be everything to everyone. Mom wants a sweet child, Dad wants to roughhouse, and Gramps wants you to come over all the time. The youth leader expects you at weekend events, and the school says you should crack your textbooks hours each night.
It’s impossible to get it all in.
God says, “Look at it from my point of view.”
Philippians 4:6-7 will shoot you off on the rocket ship of success.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God says quit worrying. He is your strength, and he’s got your back.
Proverbs 1:8-9 says your parents are your turbo thrust into excellence.
“Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”
God says not to dismiss their words of caution. Their experience will be useful to you.
Matthew 11:28-30 shatters the darkness and blasts you with God’s light.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
God says to trust him to get you through. You’re not in this alone.
Isaiah 40:29-31 gives you eagle’s wings. You are the hot air balloon, the space shuttle, the rocket thrusting into the stratosphere.
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
God says you can’t fail when you depend on him.
Ephesians 6:1-3 is your power-up verse, your health coin, your respawn into your new life.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.’ ”
God says there’s no mystery about how to live a successful life as a Christian. You follow the commandment with a promise.
God’s directions are clear. He treasures teens. They are his formula for success. Parents? Give them some freedom. Youth leaders? Trust them. Schools? Allow them room to grow.
Teens? You can survive. God is rooting for you.
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