Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dear Me

A couple walking along the beach in Southern California
Today's topic in the WEGO 30 Day Challenge is to write a letter to myself at sixteen.

Dear Me,

Today is your sixteenth birthday. Take a long look at yourself. You need to realize that you are a treasured child of God. (Isaiah 44:2) "This is what the LORD says-- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you." 

The despair you encounter will not destroy you but will make you stronger. Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Instead of focusing on ways of to end this life, look to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When you focus on Him, you will begin to see your life differently.

Once you begin to realize that God made you for a purpose and you begin to look outside of yourself, reach out and help others. Do something for the less fortunate. Work at the soup kitchen, visit nursing homes, volunteer to help with the kids at church. Go on youth mission trips. 

When you turn eighteen, go to college. Don't get mired down in the misconception that you need to be married right away. There is time down the road. For now, go to school and have fun while you're doing it. Get involved with young adult classes at church.

Each year, take time to reflect on who you are in Jesus and how you've helped others in the previous year. Remember that you were placed on this earth for a purpose. A purpose greater than you.

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