A Letter to Those Discouraged by this World

This was a guest post submitted to us by another young writer who has just recently, been published on The Rebelution. WAY TO GO ELIZA! ~Natalie
Dear Teenager,
Ever since reading “Do Hard Things” by Brett and Alex Harris at the age of 13, I wanted to make an impact. I longed to not be a normal teen. I pursued overcoming the typical Christian young adult that was expected of me.
Since walking against the flow of expected behavior and beliefs of teenagers, I have noticed a few distressing things within our culture.

1. The American culture does not expect us to change. Though this can be a discouraging view of teen, I encourage any teen reading this to use that negative view as positive energy within your lifestyle. Prove to the world that a life yielded to Christ's power can be impactful.
2. The church at times doubts that we will stay true to our calling. They have a tainted view of teenagers. The reason being that many Christian teens have abandoned the church because of hypocrisy, finding community and love within LGBT, a boyfriend, or gangs. I know that the world calls so heavily to us. Yet Paul encouraged Christian young adults through all the ages with these words: “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, NIV)
I have been there. The times when others doubt your ability to make an impact on others. At times it seems as though both the world and the church is against us. However, even with that discouragement, know that God has created you for such a time as this. Think of how Esther, though a young girl herself, saved a nation. David brought down a dictator. Timothy shared his faith and encouraged the persecuted church. Daniel, a young captive, proved faithful within his captivity. Miriam, a teenager, protected the hero of Israel. A young boy gave his lunch and was used to feed 5,000. All through the ages there has been a few that have defied the odds. Those who have said “no.” Who have overcome the views of the older generation. Who of 2017 will do the same?

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Eliza Downer, a teacher by day and a writer by night, can often be found hiking in the nearby ranges of Colorado or sipping a cup of coffee. She lives with her parents and 10 siblings. To read more of her writings visit, https://windowintomyworldblog.wordpress.com

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