Author: Kelly Shor
All around us are negative influences like alcohol, partying, skipping school, drugs, and pornography. These influences are found in public places, on social media, in the entertainment industry and even in schools. Living in that environment makes it difficult for teenagers to make positive decisions, especially Christian teenagers. By avoiding parties, staying single and celibate, refusing to cheat on exams, and telling the truth, we simply do not fit in. We are called names when we do not follow the patterns of this world. We may even lose friends in the process and through constant ridicule, wonder if it is even worth it.
If you have ever been in a similar situation, know that you are not alone. Being a Christian is a big deal, in a great way. When you are focused on Christ, everything else pales in comparison. Do not give up because twenty-five years from now, even if you are struggling with these issues, you would have learned how to handle these situations. Jesus is strengthening you to face any challenges you will encounter. He has a purpose for you and a plan to help you walk in that purpose.
Christ has called you to be different from the world and not to conform to it. Romans 12:2 says, “Because you are the Light of this world, you are special, you are different, you are unique – because you carry Christ in you.” Always remember that Jesus loves you tremendously. He is in love with you and watches over you. He does not want anything bad to happen to you. As you draw closer to Him, express the issues you have in school. Also, if your parents are Christians, talk to them to ease your loneliness and take heed of their counsel.
Find wise Christian confidants with whom you can share your problems. To have a friend, you must be one. Be friendly, have a gentle spirit, and humble yourself. Stay radiant, keep smiling and remain cheerful.
Finally, Nehemiah 8:10b says, “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Draw closer to Christ by getting to know Him. He alone can give you strength when you are weak and courage in times of trouble. Jesus Christ is the King of all kings so walk boldly with your heads held high. You are a daughter or son of a King. Remember to never give up or give in. Keep going and know that Jesus loves you.