Rowan, you need to spend more time in God’s word. You need to be careful not to gossip. You need to love your siblings. You need to be respectful to your parents. You need to pray more often. You need to limit your time on media. You need to set an example for others. You need to…
I have been so caught up in being a Christian, being a young lady, being mature, that I’ve forgotten to enjoy life. I’ve forgotten how to truly live. I’ve forgotten how to laugh. Really laugh. The kinda laugh that leaves you shaking and breathless and almost chokes you to death. I’ve forgotten how to turn up the music, and dance like I don’t care. I’ve forgotten how to stuff my face with cookies, and stay up past midnight. I’ve forgotten to use my imagination and make my cheesy puns.
I want to be the teenager God made me to be. To live life young, full of joy, adventure, and so much love.
You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgement.
~ Ecclesiastes 11:9
God wants me to live happily in my youth. He wants me to be who I am. I’m not perfect. I’m a mess. But you know what? That’s okay. I’ve learned that there is such a thing as enjoying life, but also living recklessly for Christ at the same time.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
~ 1 Timothy 4:12
Lord, help me to live a life that which is pleasing to you, but help me also to enjoy it. For you have given me so many blessings.