Dear younger me, if I knew then what I know now would I have done things differently? They say the end justifies the means, meaning a good outcome excuses any wrongs committed to attain it, really? Well more and more people use this phrase to justify their mistakes thats a fact. Take for example a single mum who has two kids that depend on her, and because she doesn’t have a steady job, she takes the easier way out and becomes a prostitute to enable her put food on the table and raise her children; the end has justified the meaning, hasn’t it? I could go on and on with so many examples but the question is; is it right? Well no matter what angle we would like to look at it, the truth of the matter is that sin is still sin and it cannot be justifiable no matter what angle we look at it.
Dear younger me, is it a must that as a teenager I have to club? Dear younger me, is it a must that I have to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend at that tender age? whats the worst that can happen when I defy peer pressure and act like a weirdo just to be ‘godly.’ Is it really that bad to follow Christ at a young age? They say that if you don’t have fun when your a teenager, then most likely you are likely to have “mid life crisis.” I wonder why I haven’t had any crisis yet, or is it because I haven’t reached midlife? You see I have being termed weird by some of my friends, weird because, what excites others doesn’t necessarily excite me. Clubbing wasn’t really my thing, in fact I think I went to hang out for the very first time after I had finished high school and guess what, I was taken by my aunt, imagine that! So the answer is yes, you can defy peer pressure! you can finish high school without going clubbing, without touching alcohol or doing any form of drugs.
Dear younger me, yes I understand that these are the toughest times in your life whereby you have to choose friends over what is right and what is wrong. You have to choose friends even over family so that you can “fit in,” and belong; so that you can have a say in front of your peers, so that you can eat at their table. Most of us fall in this stages because we get to a place and say, ‘what the heck, I only live once and so we compromise. The millennial kids are going through the exact same things that we went through, but their environment is different, the technology is different and truth be told, parents aren’t disciplining their children as it should yet the Bible commands to. Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (KJV) and Proverbs 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell KJV powerful words right there from the Bible which is our guide, but unfortunately most parents aren’t following!
Dear younger me, high school life was fun, that’s a fact! school funkies, drama/music festival, those were the days, actually they should change the name from high school to discovering school, because this is where we discover and experiment on anything and everything. Why didn’t I listen as I should have in class? If I had paid more attention in class, am sure ad be having a PHD degree by now! or maybe I would have done not just one but 2 degree’s, but I was too focused in getting into employment first, that was my thing to be independent, miss independent….. hahaha don’t we all want to be! I wanted to buy myself a good phone, good clothes, and be a show stopper! show everyone that yeah I made it! Well I did all that, but truth is, I never satisfied my craving, the more clothes I bought, the more different designs I saw and the more I wanted! A craving that is like a well too deep to ever get full.
Dear younger me, they say it takes just 21 days to develop a habit, but it will take much longer to break a habit. A habit whether good or bad, is like a disease, starts like a virus which quickly takes over your immune system and without proper medication, what might have started as a small virus will escalate and bring your whole immune system down. That said, dear younger me, be careful what you watch, listen and do, because you can easily get addicted to it…
Dear younger me, life is full of trials and temptations and not a single day will pass without having to make a choice. The choices that we make today will most definitely affect our tomorrow, but many are the times that we don’t even think of the consequences, we are filled with our own selfish desires to fulfill and gratify the flesh for that particular moment, nothing else matters! But soon after guilt consumes us, rage engulfs us and we are back to where we started! only this time with so much pain and bitterness wondering what to do next.
Conclusion is this, it is possible to live a godly life as a young christian, it is possible to be fulfilled and this is only through finding Jesus Christ and accepting Him as your Lord and Savior. If you are a young person wondering what to do, maybe the pressure from friends is too much, do not be dismayed, do not submit to the pressure, but instead resist the devil and he will flee away from you. Sooner those who looked at you and thought you were weird will see you as the strongest one and will even ask how you did it! If your a parent who has a teenager, be their friend and have a relationship with them, such that they can come and share whatever challenges they encounter out there! If you don’t have a relationship with them, then they will most definitely seek it outside.
Dear younger me, I found Jesus and He’s the best thing that ever happened to me! I love Him and I live for Him……