Teenagers today are growing up in a culture of shifting sand. The issues that face them and standards for popularity threaten divide between the friends around them and personal commitments to their God. So, this is what I want all young people to know. But, today, it is written specifically from the female perspective for Mattea, my confirmation mentee who on this day chooses to affirm her own faith in the Lord.
It seems like just yesterday that I sat in your living room for the first time to celebrate your first birthday. You were a diaper wearin' girl most excited by frosting. As you grew, sources of excitement changed, and pretty soon make-up was far more thrilling. I'll never forget the day you stepped out into the grass with eye liner on. Not only was I shocked that you seemed to go from girl to young woman over night, but I was also dumb-founded as to how your generation skips the awkward faze we went through and goes right to gorgeous. Maybe it has something to do with the feather bangs and big-framed glasses that are no longer in. Just a guess :) Needless to say, when you asked me to be your confirmation mentor it was a call I didn't take lightly. You matter and what you do with this faith that was easy to live out in youth group now past while too young to fit into the adult circles makes this a critical time. From our conversations, I know that you have great plans to continue active in the faith and for that I am thankful. But, as our "required" time draws to an end, I want to leave you with this....
When you parents seem "uncool" and totally old school, remember to honor them (Exodus 20:12) because they can see years beyond you and each "yes" or "no" is made with protective love that will serve you well down the road.
When you get behind the wheel by yourself or with friends, treat that machinery with care. For your body is not your own, but a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) and one ding of a text or distraction from a friend could place it in jeopardy.
And, if ever you're with those friends and alcohol or drugs make an appearance, remember that your faithful God will never let you be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:12) and turn the other direction.
If a boy you think you love ever treats you unkind or pressures you to cross boundaries you know you shouldn't, remember that a Godly mate will love you like Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25) and walk away. QUICKLY!
When mean girls mock you or tease behind your back for the choices made above, let them go and find someone more like-minded, knowing that you're always hanging with a Perfect Friend so faithful He would lay His life down in your name (John 15:13).
Undoubtedly, you will mess up along the way. We all do. But, rather then covering it up I beg you to fess up to our God of grace who with repentance makes you as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18) and daily gives you new opportunity to walk in His will.
Pray your way through each day, trusting that the Spirit will intercede for you (Romans 8:26) when the words won't come. This will keep you constantly in tune with Him and help you when temptation or calamity strikes.
Because ultimately to confirm Jesus as your Lord means to verbally submit to Him as your master (2 Corinthians 4:5). He should have power over you and the goal should be that every detail of your life obey and point towards Him.
And, through it all, remember that He has given your life a special purpose (Jeremiah 29:11) and through your life verse (Philippians 4:13) you can see that glory come to fruition.
I had it made into a beatiful KraftyKash necklace
So that you can wear His promise and walk in His power.
Young lady, stand strong. Know that my prayers are with you. And, always feel free to dial my digits or those of another faith-filled adult.