“Do not make so much investment emotionally in someone you won’t end up with.”REUBEN ABUNDANCE
YOLO! FOMO! You might have probably heard these slangs among Teens. You know what these slangs mean? Well if you do, feel free to leave your answer in the comment section.
There’s a misconception in the Teen world that one has to be in a relationship or be involved with a guy or girl to enjoy their teenage years. This is mostly brought about by peers and unrealistic movies which presents the idea of Love and dating as one happy ending fairytale thingy. This has actually led to a myriad of unpleasant things which include premarital sex, teenage pregnancy, emotional pack ups, poor mental health leading to depression and even possible suicidal thoughts, not fulfilling purpose, low self-esteem and so on.
Teens have over romanticized ideas of what a relationship or even love is (let’s take girls as an example LOL) . They see a guy and love his looks, and probably the way he talks and his smile is just charming and Boom! They’re in love (air quote). They confuse these euphoric feelings with love and happiness.
Funnily enough, these feelings only last for some time and soon becomes a routine.Why is this? Ecclesiastes 1:2 tells us clearly that All is Vanity! These emotions fade over time and the next thing to do is break up because they begin to lose interest. After all, the relationship was built on emotions and physical features. Ask any counselor. They’ll tell you that emotions cannot sustain any relationship!
Let’s take a cue from a verse in the Bible. Do not let any man despise your youth but be an example(1 Tim. 4:12). Your teenage years are the most pleasant of your life -They are your best years and you can never go back in time once you miss it. At this age ,we have…
- The most health we will ever have
- The most energy we will ever have
- The most time to ourselves we will most likely ever have.
Most teenagers waste these years on pleasurable pursuits and miss a lifetime opportunity to get ahead in life. There’s a saying that “if you can’t beat them, you join them” (Matter of fact, I heard this a few days ago LOL). This is a lie from the pit of hell. If you ask the Apostle Paul, Rom 12:2 clearly gives an answer. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Stand Out! Just like the three Hebrew boys (Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego). They didn’t join the people of Babylon to worship the idol that the king had set up because they couldn’t beat them. They stood out and testified to thousands of people through their persecution and the King also praised their God.(Daniel 3)
Now that we’ve established that we do not have to be in a relationship or do what everyone else is doing, you’re probably wondering then what should I do with my teenage years. Well look forward to my next post. Please, give your feedback at the comment section and also share your views. Don’t forget to also share this post to as many people as possible. Thanks for reading.
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