Being a Teenager Today

Hi Everyone,

Many greetings from Down Under. As you would all know by now, being a teenager these days is not as easy as it looks. Many temptations are thrown our way, mainly in the form of alcohol, drugs and sex.

While still at school, I sometimes went to parties that my friends were having. I felt somewhat out of place because I don’t drink alcohol and I was often questioned and mocked because of it. I felt extremely sad seeing my friends drink ‘away’ their problems, and naturally when they sobered up, their problems just got bigger and they drank more and more in a vicious cycle that’s very hard to break. I often found it hard to say ‘no’ to my friends and at one point even gave in to these temptations.

Drinking alcohol really didn’t do anything for me apart from giving me a headache and making me hide from my parents. There is a very good reason the Bible says we shouldn’t drink, we deceive ourselves more than we cure any problems. In hindsight I can truly say that it’s all just a big load of peer pressure. Sure we need to find these things out for ourselves but we need to know our limits as well. My parents didn’t get angry with me for drinking but they taught me a valuable lesson through it. It’s really not worthwhile at all.

I don’t smoke, drink or take drugs nor will I have sex before marriage because I believe and follow the Bible that states in PROVERBS 20:1, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
and in PROVERBS 31:10-11, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”

There are many more scriptures that I could quote. I’m very happy with my life and the Lord has provided me with so much. I have opportunities now that I would never have dreamed were possible and I know it’s because the Lord is opening the doors for me. If I purposely continued to rebel I know that I would not be where I am today. I have found that the Word of God is not set up to restrict you from having fun but rather to protect you. That’s why I base my life on the Bible and go without the drinking and smoking etc. As well as being written about in the Word of God, drugs and alcohol are not healthy, but far from it. Praise the Lord for His truth, He shows us how we can live without such evils… and still be “cool”.

God bless