What Teenagers are Missing: Lessons for Life

Clemens - Wellington, New Zealand

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Hello everybody,

Greetings from Wellington, New Zealand. As a Christian teenager, I would like to tell you what has been happening in my life so far. I am very grateful to have been brought up in this church according to the laws of the Bible. There are few good role models out there to which we can turn for guidance and I find that many teenagers are uncertain about their future. I worry about some of my friends and other young people who are teenagers nowadays because they don’t really have many examples to look up to anymore. Most parents also don’t set a good example and many teenagers don’t grow up with good morals.

For me, as a Christian, Jesus Christ is the perfect role model. I feel secure knowing that I can be like Jesus and do well in life. Although many won’t admit it, going out to parties, taking drugs, drinking, etc is just a way to fill up the emptiness in their life. There is something missing in your life if you don’t have God! Although you can’t avoid making mistakes, following the example of Jesus is the only solution to problems.

Learning from the Bible and from those (our elders) who train me within this Christian Assembly gives me the right motives for an uncertain future. I am learning about all sorts of issues; for example, how to manage my time and not to waste it, how to bring up children properly in the future, and other things.

Although rebellion seems like fun, I realise that there is nothing ‘out there’ to desire. Many don’t think logically anymore. You just have to ask yourself, “What will happen to me when I die?" Nobody really cares to think about this anymore, and most people believe there is nothing after death. But if that’s the case, what is the point of life? There is certainly going to be a Judgment Day after death, and to make it to Heaven you have to follow God!

As a Christian teenager I can say that IF you obey God there are no unnecessary burdens or worries. I’m constantly learning something new that will help me to be trained for a proper future in the Lord.

There is a lot to learn and there is a lot happening as we grow up into adults. Unlike many in the world I can be certain that, with obedience to the Lord, I can grow up following the example of Jesus and those who have gone before me. My purpose in life is to follow God and make it into Heaven.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” ECCLESIASTES 12:13

"Why don’t you decide to follow God’s plan for your life? What have you really got to lose?"

Love in Christ,


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