I was with the girls on my floor a few weeks back for our weekly devotional time. It’s the most casual, relaxed setting. Most of us are in pajamas and we sit on my dorm room floor and talk about life and the Lord and we eat snacks and giggle until we’re sore.
I presented them with the question “If you could tell the junior high/high school version of yourself anything, what would it be?” What they shared from their hearts that night was something special. I have this notion that it may be something you need to hear now, even if you aren’t in junior high or high school.These are things I needed to hear then and it’s truth I need to hear now. It is probably truth I’ll continue to need to hear when I’m 30 and 50 and over and over. Satan has this way of telling us the same lies over and over again, and our human nature has this way of continuing to believe them. (dumb).
Here is what they had to say:
1. You are worth so much more than your mistakes.
2. You are not identified by your failures.
3. Who you are in Christ matters far more than who you want to be for man.
4. Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it is bad. Learn from that difficulty.
5. Don’t care so much about what others think.
6. You can’t do life by yourself. We need our Savior We need our friends. (Ecclesiastes 4)
7. No one has it all together.
8. It is not a burden to run after all that God has for you.
9. Words are powerful.
10. Keep a good attitude.
11. Ask God to give you a heart for those around you, and what you are doing in the here and now. (example: classmates, schoolwork, job)
12. Don’t be too quick to judge others. Keep in mind we tend to only see the results of their actions, rather than their intentions.
13. Trust that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28) When a hardship comes, you may find later that you may be the only one that carries that message that could bring hope to someone else.
14. Don’t let the mistakes of others define your relationship with God. (Don’t let the mistakes of others define you in general.)
16. Don’t get wrapped up in others perceptions and opinions of you. (1 Samuel 16:7)
17. Fitting in with a certain group is overrated.
18. Like yourself and love yourself.
(First things first, I’m so blessed to be their chaplain.)
What lies are you believing? What truths do you need to hear?
Have something to add to the list? Feel free to do so in the comments.