Life is…

Life is… so short, painful, and hard.

Today, I learned that a student at the local high school committed suicide last night. This is such a tragedy and a dark day for many of the students. My heart is breaking with them.

I found out while listening to the students today that people where texting her and telling her through a website called formspring that she was fat,ugly, and should kill herself. I am not naive to believe that this is totally what caused her to take her own life. But my questions are why would someone purposely open themselves to to let people sin and say things like that to her. People do not need any encouragement to be mean!

Life is… more than stuff. We are designed for more. God created us to have a relationship with us. We are made in God’s image and yet many teenagers do not see themselves as made in God’s image. They see themselves as accidents, mess-ups, wastes of time, and unwanted. The find their parents to busy for them. I have and 3-4 local churches have conducted surveys of our students and EVERYONE of the groups of students wanted more time with their parents. I believe every child desires to know they are wanted and loved by their parents. I believe many parents think if they give their child lots of stuff, like the newest and greatest gadget or clothes,  then their child will love them more. I have seen in the students lives that is not usually the case.

Life is …about abundant life. God created us for the purpose of having a relationship with Him. He even said that I love you so much that I sent (John 3:16-18) my Son to restore our relationship.  There is nothing that we can do or even need to do! God has already paid our debt and redeemed us. It is because of His Grace. So to every teenager who is struggling and feels like no one cares or God has already said once and for that He cares. He wants that relationship, to give that abundant life.

If you are hurting and need to talk, call 1-800-273-TALK


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