“You who are young, make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor. If something looks good to you, pursue it. But also know that not just anything goes; You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 MSG)
Your cell phone explodes with text messages on the latest gossip. The girl in math class got in trouble with the cops last weekend. Your ex-best friend’s boyfriend dumps her the day before prom. Sound familiar? You’ve probably found it pretty difficult to stay true to Christ through all of this drama, peer pressure, and insecurities.
However, this is a valuable time our lives. Ecclesiastes 11:9 (MSG) says to “make the most of your youth” and pursue your dreams—not get so caught up in the teenage lifestyle that we forget who we belong to and the reason that we were put on this earth. Think about it, what we do now influences who we will become the rest of our lives!
I challenge you to be different from other teenagers. Use the desires that God has placed on your heart. Don’t wait until after college to go after your dreams. But make sure that you don’t ignore the last sentence of this scripture: “You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.”
The teenage life will fade away; what we do for Christ will last forever.
Tessa Hall is a writing and coffee obsessed seventeen-year-old. She lives for Christ only and believes that it’s not just a religion, but a relationship. Her Young Adult, Christian fiction contemporary novel, Purple Moon, is currently under contract with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She also writes a blog called “Christ is Write” where she posts teen devotions, writing tips, book reviews, author interviews, and coffee recipes.
Tessa has always enjoyed writing and has a passion to spread God’s healing, love, and comfort to her peers through the written word. Some of her other passions include acting, film, music, photography, and dance. She has big dreams and high hopes for her future, but believes that God can grant the desires of her heart as long as she puts Him first. Her favorite scripture is Ecclesiastes 11:9 (MSG): “You who are young, make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor. If something looks good to you, pursue it. But know also that not just anything goes; You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.”
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