Becoming a teenager in general is really hard for girls in general, then adding in all of the mood swings, uncontrollable attitudes, and feeling like you have to turn your life upside down just to please everyone that matters to you! Even though we know that we don’t have to be perfect and we don’t have to please everyone, sometimes it feels like we do!
I am a high school senior this year and I have been in high school for 5 years now, therefore I have truly learned a lot. My high school starts in 8th grade because we don’t have a middle school in our county, so by the time we have graduated, we all have been through FIVE years of what feels like misery mixed with amazing memories. Those five years fly by though, and everyone regrets not soaking it up even more than they did! Through those years I have gained some really great advice and I can’t just keep that advice to myself!
- You don’t have to be a perfect Christian all the time
People will make you feel like you have to be, but the truth is; God knows you inside and out and he knows we are not perfect. I mean- he did create us, right? He should be the one person who could tell us that. When someone tells you that you need to be a better Christian; the first thing you should do is not even give them the time of day! They don’t deserve to waste all of your energy for their own good because that is what will happen! No one is perfect and that is because Jesus died on the cross for our sins because he has an undying and unconditional love for all of us!
The photos of me in the black skirt and white shirt were taken moments before I tripped and fell down a metal staircase, thanks to my shoe getting caught under my skirt. Oh, and the other picture of me was taken moments after a bee flew right at my face while standing up there on that little ledge. Point is; I am not perfect and neither are you! You don’t have to act like you are because you feel pressure to be perfect.
- Don’t be embarrassed to pray in public
Through out my entire high school career I have always been embarrassed to pray in public because I knew people would judge me. The reality of it all though is that God would be more ashamed of us if we didn’t talk to him because of embarrassment than if we just completely forgot about him. It is just as if you didn’t talk to your best friend because you were embarrassed to be caught with them. Or if you didn’t talk to your best friend because you didn’t see them that day or you were busy, etc.
- Boys will hurt you!
Even though you get hurt, which will happen, doesn’t mean that the boy who hurt you deserves less than you. People told me all of the time when I went through my breakup “You didn’t deserve him anyways..” That sincerely bothered me a lot! It bothered me because in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Which means that even he and I have sinned and in Gods eyes we both are children of God. Yes, he hurt me and yes, I probably hurt him, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t know that he deserves just as good of a person as I do.
- Quiet Time is a necessity
Take that 10-15 minuets of down time that you have every day and read your Bible or just talk to Jesus! Quiet Time doesn’t always have to be sitting down with your journal and Bible and journaling. Quiet Time can simply be worshiping in the car on the way to school or work. Those minuets alone with Jesus will completely change the attitude you take with you through out the day! So it is really important you spend this time with Jesus either in the morning or afternoons!
- Memorizing Scripture is Key
Scripture is the one defense mechanisms you will have with you all of the time! It is one of the most powerful ways you can share the truth of Jesus with others! I know that memorizing scripture is not easy for all, but that’s okay because even if you cant memorize it. You can always read it and know what the Bible says, that in itself is something powerful too!
- Teachers are 95% of the time non-Christians
Teachers are not supposed to bring up religion unless a student brings it up first, but that protocol is not always taken. Teachers will say offensive things during classes and unfortunately unless you want to get a few days of detention or In school Suspension, there is nothing you can really do about it. I know how much it makes you mad, how much it grinds your nerves, and I know how rude it is. The thing is if you open your mouth and you’re mad or frustrated, you are most likely going to be rude about your tone.
- People will start drama with you just to get a rise out of you
It happens because people are jealous of you and they are childish and most likely have never lived with out having drama in their entire life. Here is the catch 22 though; in high school you won’t have time to deal with drama! No one will except for those kids who seem to never have time for any school related things or those who seem to be miracle workers and juggle everything. So, DON’T let them waste your time by giving them the time of day!!
This post has been laid on my heart for a while but I didn’t know how to create the structure for it and I didn’t know who I was trying to reach through this post. I knew after the first full week of my senior year that I needed to write this to the young teenage girls who are entering high school. High school is R.O.U.G.H. and it is even more rough being a teenage girl who loves Jesus. I know I have always been a people pleaser my whole life, I don’t like feeling not liked, but I have learned through the years that if someone doesn’t like me that doesn’t mean I have to change myself for others. I have lost friends and gained even better friends. I have been accused of things people know I would never do. I have been through a lot in high school, but not the worst things that others have been through.
I will keep all of you girls in my prayers this year!
Peace Out- Kiley
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