“So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them male and female he created them.” ~ Genesis 1:27 NLT
I’ve heard it said that every little girl wants to know if she’s pretty enough and every little boy wants to know if he has what it takes to be a man. On the surface, every little girl’s question seems superficial, but, at the heart of the matter rests her confidence and self-worth. And, really, so does every little boy’s question.
We’ve raised one strong, young man and he’s flown the nest. We’re in the process of raising two teenagers now. It’s incredible the challenges teens face just in our everyday culture. We all were teens once and faced our own battles, but it seems the fierceness of the war has greatly increased with the epidemic of cutting, culture of death, eating disorders and “everything goes” mentality. One reason I believe things have escalated to the degree they have is because we’re living in the end times and the enemy knows his time is short.
What I’d love to remind each little girl or young lady is that you are absolutely beautiful! Stunning even! No, you don’t need to emulate the air brushed cover of that magazine nor starve yourself to look like a certain celebrity. Just be yourself, hon. If you’re so busy trying to be like someone else, who will be you, the person God created you to be? Accept yourself as the masterpiece that God created because when He creates something, it’s truly gorgeous! Smile. Smile because you’re even more beautiful when you spread joy. You see, true and lasting beauty resides on the inside anyway. And those emotions you’re riding like a roller coaster, dear one, they will ease. Just remember, this too shall pass. Don’t make any decision based on how you’re feeling. Seek out wise counsel and all will be well, my friend. Your future is so bright! Don’t let anything discourage you or stand in your way. God has great plans for you! The best is yet to come!
What I’d love to remind each little boy or young man is that you are made in the image of God and you totally have what it takes to be a man! A man full of wisdom, strength, courage, leadership and, yes, even compassion. Wise because wisdom avoids the folly of this world and needless pitfalls. Strength because it’s needed to walk out God’s plan for your life. Courage because it will take all you’ve got to say no to anything less than God’s best for you. Leadership because that is the mantle God has placed on you, your place in this world. Compassion because we don’t travel alone. It’s our duty to take as many to heaven as we can and lead by example. For, you see, character is what it takes to be a real man.
Young men, seek out godly mentors and their wise counsel. Be teachable. It will serve you well. Learn from those who have walked this road ahead of you, so you don’t make the same mistakes they’ve made. Be accountable. Sin doesn’t live long out in the open, but usually in the dark, quiet recesses of our hearts. Expose it. Turn the light on and watch it flee. Submit. Surrender your heart to God wholly and watch what He will do with your life! Seeds of greatness are on the inside of you, son! We’re all waiting and watching for you to soar with the eagles, man of God!
And, to both young ladies and young men, I leave you this:
“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23