Monday, June 28, 2010
I've been reading a lot of blog posts lately by some of the teens who follow my blog. A common thread seems to be tying them together. Several of these amazing young women have been posting about their struggles with keeping Christ first in their lives, and seeing themselves as worthy of God's love.
Happily, they are realizing at a young age that God's grace is what makes them worthy, and they are accepting that grace and letting go of those fears and self-doubts. Some of their stories have brought tears to my eyes. I've wanted to leave comments for them, but I can't seem to grasp the right words.
So, here, let me make an attempt.
I am proud of you. I am amazed by you. I wish I had stuck to my faith when I was your age. I let anger take over, and doubt, and rejection. And those things are so hard to get rid of once you have let them take root in your life. So continue, as you are, to rip them out NOW.
I'm not going to say it's easy, because it's not. Some days it's going to feel down-right impossible. You may spend days, weeks, years, feeling like you're taking one step forward and two steps back. But do NOT ever stop taking those forward steps.
And thank you. Thank you for being honest and opening up to your friends and fellow bloggers, and showing each other that you...we...are not alone. That we all struggle. Thank you for not donning the plastic mask of Christianity. You are lucky to have each other, and I am lucky to have you.