Author, Kari Kampakis has a really good article on how to restore your reputation after a regrettable mistake with a boy. The good news is that no mistake is too big for the grace of God. Kari explains that who you are now is not who you will be in five years time. You do not have to be defined by your mistakes. She also said that where you are going matters more than where you've been. Philippians 3:13-14 says, Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press ontoward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. You can read the full article here.
1 Timothy 6:18 tells us to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. As a teenager you probably don't have a lot of money but you can be generous with your time and attention. Jesus always had time to stop and help those in need, teaching those who were hungry to learn, feeding those who were just hungry, healing those who were sick. A lot of our time is spent indulging ourselves on social media, playing computer games, watching television, hanging out with our friends... We can share our time and attention by volunteering, helping with chores, spending time with the unpopular kids at school, helping an elderly neighbour with their garden, helping at your local church. Pray that God would give you opportunities to do good deeds and to be generous.
The girls at Beauty Redefined suggest that one of the methods of coping with our own body shame is to have a faith in something higher purpose. They said, "When women are able to place their lives and experiences in the context of a bigger picture - one where they aren't defined by their appearance alone - those body-related concerns lose power and shame is lessened." In other words when we place our focus on God and off of ourselves, our concern about how we look fades.
Matthew 6:25 says, Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? I'm sure if Jesus was speaking to the modern church he would tell us not to worry about our body shape too. Verse 34 goes on to say, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.
It's footy season here in Australia at the moment. If there weren't goal posts in footy the game would be a bit boring a pointless. Just like in life, if you have no goals or something to aim for, you might end up wandering about with no purpose. It's useful to set spiritual goals too such as:
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.