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I saw this post on Facebook and thought it was amazing and refreshing.  the life of a teenager is difficult and, at times, convoluted with all sorts of decisions and pressing issues.  I think this is a helpful way to spend one’s time.  I know you will enjoy this. 

I’m in a writing mood and writing is a pretty good stress reliever, so I thought I’d write something.

I don’t really have anything to do at school, I don’t have a job, and I’ve already applied and been accepted to college (Tennessee Tech University for those of you who are not in the loop). I don’t really have anything to direct my attention towards, and yet I find myself still stressing over meaningless crap that doesn’t deserve any part of my attention at all.

And I hate myself for it.

For letting little problems get to me when they won’t even matter months down the road.

But now I’m not going to name off all the crap(pardon my language) that stresses me out.

Instead, I’m going to say what I’m thankful for.

I am thankful for my loving family who is my support and encouragement.

I am thankful for my friends who are always willing to listen to me and laugh at my dumb jokes.

I am thankful for my church family as well. They do so much for me that I don’t even realize.

I am thankful that I’m not AS lost and confused as other teenagers who “don’t know what they want to do with their life.” (Speaking of, you don’t have to declare a major your freshman year of college. You don’t even have to go to college. Oh, and there’s the military too.)

I’m thankful that I am healthy, for the most part.

I’m thankful that I live in America.

I’m thankful that I don’t have horrible taste in music.

I’m thankful that I’m not ignorant and that I’m not filled with hate.

I’m thankful I’m alive.

I’m thankful for the God that has given all that is above and continually gives and gives and gives without my blissfully ignorant self realizing it.

I’ve been typing this as I go, so if it sounds dumb…Oh well.

Keep me in your prayers as I try to do something productive with my idle time, as I try to continually remember what God has given me, and as I make an investment in myself instead of trying to help others.


Friends playing a video gameBelow is a post from one of our teens who has been the most active since I have been at Main Street.  If the door is open she is there regardless of the activities.  You know how some youth groups have the service projects where only a few show up and then (magically) when there is a ski trip you have 47 sign-up?  This person is one of the few who is at everything.  The topic I asked this person to write about was, “What has meant the most to you about being in the youth group?”  I think you will value their response…enjoy! 

There are many things that have been important to me during my time in the youth group, but one of the most meaningful things to me is how close our youth group is. Knowing that I always have someone to talk to about my problems. I have been very lucky to have this youth group to talk to. They have kept me as sane as possible. Whether I’m having a bad day and it feels like nothing is going right, or I don’t understand my homework, there is always someone there for me. If Robbie asked me to do this when I first came into the youth group, I would have written about how acceptance is the most important thing. Acceptance is a huge thing for our youth group to have, but the thing that matters is closeness. To me the youth group is about growing closer to each other while growing closer to God. For me personally, the youth group has done that. It has given me the right people to look up to, and it has also opened my eyes to areas in my life that I need to work on. The youth group gives me the assurance that I am never alone, no matter how big my storm is, there will always be someone beside me helping me through it. 

Good post.  Community is so important to teenagers and it seems to diminish as we get older.  Teenagers just like hanging out with each other but I have noticed that adults often are not that way.  Working all day and then driving little johnny to baseball practice leaves little to no room for community.  However, I bask in the times when me and my closest companions just sit together, eat hot wings, watch football and talk about life.  Consider the verses below and meditate on them.  Have a great day!  Stay tuned for next week’s post from one of our teens: “How do I handle all of this temptation?” 

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.  (Acts 2:42-47). 

A Word From a Teenager

January 20, 2010 — 2 Comments

The post below is from a dear friend of mine in the youth group. The subject is, “What I wish my parents would understand about me.” Enjoy.

I wish my parents would understand what is important to me, and how important it is.  Will it matter in 5 years? Probably not, but it does to me now. No matter what it is, it’s something that I love doing and have a passion for. Its also a way that I hang out with my friends, which is vital for a teenagers sanity in my opinion. I also wish my parents would take more time to listen to me or ask me for my input on the situation. When decisions are made about me without even hearing what I have to say it makes me feel that it doesn’t matter how I feel or what my opinion is and they’re the only ones who can contribute anything. Do they have to listen to me? No, but the fact that you took time to listen to what I have to say means alot, and I probably won’t be as upset about the decision if it doesn’t go my way. Another thing I wish my parents would understand is how hard I work to make them proud. I don’t think mine do or I feel that it is often overlooked. Does it always have be all about me? No, but when I work really hard to achieve something, there is usually some drive inside me that comes from wanting you to tell me “good job”. The last thing I want my parents to understand is that I am thankful for EVERYTHING they have given to  me, or done for me, or whatever the case maybe. Do I always show it or say thank you? No, but i am always grateful for it.

This post is helpful to me because it shows the necessity for teenagers to be loved and appreciated. That is why I do what I do.

A Word from a Teenager

January 13, 2010 — 2 Comments

People giving advice to young manToday we have a treat.  Two of our students write about the difficulties of being a teenage christian.  With these posts I am keeping their names anonymous because it works better that way and they have the freedom to say what they want.  These two students are close to my heart and have been with me in the youth for some time.  I love them so much and admire their courage.  I will give my reaction below. 

Student 1

The hardest thing about being a teen is not knowing enough about scripture.  And when someone desperately comes up to you and needs to know about the Word you’re afraid that you don’t know enough.  Another thing is going to a school that no one believes in Christianity its really hard because sure we get called all kinds of names but you just have to go on.  Another thing is not having “school friends” that are Christians, because they don’t know how to act or relate to you but still they are your best friends.  Those are the hardest things about being a christian teen.
Student 2
The hardest thing about being a Christian Teen is being yourself.  It is so simple but for some reason so difficult.  We are influenced by so many things everyday: friends, family, media, etc.  Sometimes we are hidden by all the things that we think we should be or what others think we should be, and we lose sight of who we really are and what our mission is as Christians.  It eventually takes over our lives and we forget what the important things truly are.  It is important that we do listen to people, but we must be careful of what and who influences our decisions.
I admire both of their responses as they are real issues.  I did not grow up as a Christian so these are issues I have not experienced in school.  I appreciate Student 2 for we all struggle with making decisions and what is wise and unwise.  Influences are innumerable on what we choose and everyone thinks they have the best possible way for which you should live.  Student 1 hits home to me for the quest to know enough Scripture is always on my heart.  But there is no end to that quest but only the patience to be humble enough in certain times to say, “I don’t know!”  I hope you learned from these voices as I have learned from being their friend.  Have a blessed day. 
Next Wednesday’s Topic:  Things I wish My Parents Would Understand About Me.  Should be interesting. 
Tomorrow’s Guest Post is From a Parent: 5 Things A Youth Minister Needs to Know that Will Make His Job Better