The Pressures of a Christian Teen

Do you ever feel extra pressure because you are a Christian?

I do. Pretty much everyday. All of the time.

People watch you and expect you to be perfect, and when you mess up, even a little bit, they persecute you. They criticise you. They mock you.

Sometimes it isn’t even other people – it’s yourself. You compare yourself to people who seem ‘holy’ and ‘superior’ in your eyes. But hey, God isn’t a respecter of people. He doesn’t respect the works people do, He looks inside our hearts. If He sees that you try your best and that you try to be Christ-like, He will be with you. He will call Himself, your God.

We are only human. It’s part of human nature to mess up. But it’s also part of human nature to set it right with God, and fix it up. Patch up job.

There is added pressure to be a Christian teen, but personally, I think it’s unnecessary and irrelevant what people think. As long as you are in right standing with God, who cares what other people think? And only you and God can truly know whether you are in right standing with God.

But, (and this is a HUGE but) live a life that portrays that you are a Christian. Do not deliberately try to fit in, when we were made to stand out, for good. To the glory of God’s name.

Have a blessed day

Peace&Love.

Paula ox

Bible verse: Ephesians 5:15-18

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

A little word for you today.

Peace&Love.
Paula ox’

What’s worth chasing for?

Do you ever feel so damn tired?

Do you ever feel like everything is getting on top of you?

Do certain events give you sleepless nights?

Do you feel like there is no one you can talk to?

If your answer was yes for all those questions, I know how you feel.

LIFE is so straining. And sometimes you think, ‘For what? What is this for? Why am I stressing?’ The sad truth is, nothing. You’re doing everything you’re doing, for nothing. One day you’ll die and all the things you laboured on will be gone – vanished.

I hate to sound like a party pooper but that’s life. Life is vanity. We are all working and trying and stressing and working and pleading, for what really?

Now do not get me wrong, I am not saying we shouldn’t try hard, I’m just saying that we need to remember that nothing is forever. Not every friendship will be there till the end. Not every job will be there when you need it. That’s life. There isn’t a great deal you can do about it. It’s best to buckle your boots up and move forward.

What am I saying? I’m saying, when someone leaves your life, don’t breakdown about it. Assess it; did I really, actually need him? Was she the best person to spend my time on? Half the time we realise, that them leaving was for the best.

I am tired of chasing unnecessary, unreliable things. I’m up for chasing things that make this time on earth enjoyable. Not material things but things, people, that make me happy. Things of importance and significance.

We need joy. I believe everyone deserves joy. And that, and only that, is worth chasing for.

A window into my crazy, weird mind.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Our Generation

So today I woke up to get ready for another routine day. But then instead of watching TV I put on the computer. I was checking my blog when I came across a blog about Running With God. So I clicked on it. Click here to check out her blog.

What intrigued me the most was the verse she had on the top of her blog.

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

Now the reason I love this verse so much is because it speaks to me. About my life.

I’ve always been that curious kid that just likes knowing… Stuff! And so many ‘grown ups’ are so stuck in the past. They expect us to nod and agree with everything they tell us, even if it is rubbish. I, for one, will never just shut up and sit down when I know I have something to say that could be of benefit.

Now do not get me wrong, I am not encouraging rebellion. I am still a firm believer of respecting adults, after all, with age comes wisdom and understanding. I will always respect people who are elder to me – doesn’t mean I’ll like them though.

There are too many adults who think that we are too young to have knowledge, to have an opinion. I find this absolutely ridiculous.

Our generation IS smarter than other generations before us. We learnt to talk and think WAY earlier than previous generations. We’ve watch TV, used the internet and read books, WAY earlier than before. We make up our minds on life much earlier than before.

I once heard someone say that parents have until a child turns 16 to influence the life of him/her. Then the person said, it is now before the age of 13. To be honest, I think it is even younger!

We have grown up defending ourselves.

Even though this could be perceived as a bad thing is some situations, generally this means that children have opinions, which deserve to be heard, just as much as anybody else.

Sometimes when a young person thinks of something, it’s God giving them ‘a wisdom beyond their years’. Ignoring this because of something so minute as age is pathetic.

Most of the time, adults ignore children’s ideas mostly due to pride. They are scared the child will say something wiser than them. That will hurt their pride. It’s absolutely immature, if you ask me.

Nearly everyday, we hear about adults saying they need to ‘help the youth’ and ‘sustain the next generation’. Sadly, most of this is just talk, with no substance.

We are the next generation. We are the next leaders. We need love and nurture. And if we don’t receive it, the world will be in calamity in a few years…

Just my thoughts,

Peace&Love.
Paula ox’

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Song: The Cab – Endlessly

So…

Once upon a time, a curious teenage girl clicked on a link she found on twitter and she arrived at the magical land of YouTube, on a song called ‘Endlessly’. She listened to the song, fell in love with it and lived happily ever after.
The end.

That is pretty much exactly what happened.

Hailee Steinfeld (the girl in the video) posted it on her twitter and I just checked it out and pretty much fell, face first, in love with it.

So, I have never really heard about The Cab prior to this, but that’s because I don’t really listen to bands. However, thanks to Google, I now know a little bit about them.

The Cab are an American ‘alternative rock’ band , what ever that means. I’m not going to lie and say, ‘I’m their biggest fans ever, omg.’ Although, I can truthful say, each of those boys can sing and play amazingly. They are incredible. They’re the type of people you wish you knew before they became famous, just because it would be fun to just get some instruments and sing with them. I bet they would be fantastic live.

I absolutely love ‘Endlessly’, and I hope to hear more great music from these guys.

OHHHHHH and here’s their wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cab

Website: http://www.thecabrock.com/

Also, follow them on Twitter: @TheCab

And hey, while you’re there, follow me on twitter: @PaulaPaceSetter

Peace&Love.
Paula ox’