April 10th, 2013 | By admin
by An Anonymous Teen
There are three myths that plague teenage girl’s minds. No girl can control these thoughts, they come naturally. Maybe they were told to you by a best friend, or maybe you came to your own sudden realizations. These three thoughts have the potential to destroy your life, if you believe in them. These thoughts make you have a low self esteem, dress immodestly, and become dependent on worldly things. You know what they are, you’ve had them. But, in case you can’t quite pin down the three, I’ll tell them to you.
I will never be good enough for anyone to love me. I need a boyfriend to make me happy, without a boyfriend. I am not worth anything. My identity is in who I am dating, or how good I look.
I’ve talked to middle schoolers about their dating lives, or their self esteem, and these three thoughts are always the same ones that keep popping up. All I do is think to myself, “Why would you think that way?” But, then I remember. I’ve thought that way, too. Everyone has. Then I asked myself: how did I get over that? How did I finally come to realize that those thoughts were lies? It wasn’t easy, but I did it by renewing my mind.
Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
So what does renewing your mind mean? It means tell yourself everyday the truth: which is what God thinks about you! The three thoughts are lies, told to us by the world, and believing in them is conforming to the ways of the world. You may be thinking: but the world doesn’t encourage thinking discouraging thoughts. Look at the world around you. Everyone thinks that having a boyfriend is a necessity, every girl needs to look perfect, and everyone needs to be the best in everything. That is the world, telling you that you are not good enough. All the time you are listening to those lies, your Father is heaven is shaking his head, saying, “Don’t you know that you are good enough for me?”
See, what God thinks about us is different than what the world thinks about us. God looks at us and says, “Do you know everything I have done for you?” God, our Father in heaven, the creator of everything beautiful, never leaves you. Thinks you are beautiful. Chooses you. Watches over you. Sought after you. Listens to you. Knows you. Treasures you. Is on your side. Made you in His image. The truth is, you were created by God, in the image of God. You were purchased by God, to do the will of God.
Think about that for a minute. Read over that last paragraph again; let the words fully sink in. Everything you’ve ever looked for, in a boy, in a parent, in a friend, you can find in God. Every time you think “I’m so ugly” you can take your thought captive, and say to yourself “No, God made me in His image, and thinks I am beautiful.” Every time you think “I need a boyfriend to make me happy” you can think “God treasures me, that makes me happy.”
By taking every thought that is a lie captive, and then renewing your mind with the truth about how your God thinks about you, you will discover true joy and fulfillment in life. You’ll stop searching for a boyfriend, stop thinking you’re ugly. All of these thoughts will be replaced with the truth of how much your God loves you. If you try this, you will never be the same. I challenge you, just for this week, every time you think something negative about yourself, take that thought captive, and say the truth about how God thinks about you. You’ll be glad you did.
Written by a 15 year old teenage girl in Georgia