Personal Advice to Teens and Youth

This post is intended for the young teen and in some sense, the youth. An encouragement and exhortation to them in this our short and earthly pilgrimage belowhere. I’ll not make it an article, but rather, as I’ve been doing with some of my posts lately, share a few personal nuggets—meditations.

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Be thankful for your parents and guardians. They are not heroes. There are many orphans who desire to have what you have — a roof over your head and family that cares and loves you. 
Do not kid yourself that you'll never grow up. Use your time with intent. Refuse to waste it away. You're wise and know how to apply. 
You're not too young to know Christ; Christ knows you — knows you too well! Cultivate a desire to know and walk with Christ in your teenage and youthful years — and forevermore. 
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Watch over the sins of your age. I recommend you to prayer, earnest prayer. Let your life be a life of prayer. Do not depend on your prayers, though, but on the God of whom you're praying to. 
The philosopher said, "Know yourself." I say to you, know what triggers you to sin. When you do, pray that the Lord would keep you from temptation. When you fall, and you'll fall, do not stay there; look up again to Christ and seek His pardon in truth and in true heart repentance guided with humility. 
It was a prudent saying from the giant divine of theology, John Owen, that I'd pass to you also: "Be killing sin or sin will kill you." 
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Cherish Christ and His grace. Let Him be your school master and personal tutor in all things excellent. 
Christ's school is full of correction and wonderful instruction. Listen to Him as God bid the world to "listen to Him with whom I am well pleased." 
Getting vitamins D from the sun is good, but do not forget the Sun of Righteousness who has offered eternal life to you. 
Be dead to the things of this world and alive in the things of God. 
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When adversity comes, thank God; when prosperity knocks, seek God. 
Dear teen and youth, do not forget your books. Love reading. Seek ways to read. Discuss what you read. 
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Friendship. The chief end of all friendships is pointing each other to Christ. To walk with Christ; to obey Christ; and exhort each other to believe in Christ. 
Nothing is more stimulating than friends who remind you of your identity in Christ.
Love can be communicated in many ways, especially with a genuine presence of a friend.
Next to siblingship, friendship is the altar of all other relationships.
An aquaintance is someone who thinks they know you. A friend knows you. 
In life we need genuine friends, even the one! 
Do not make a scene when friends deal unjustly with you. Remember Jesus? For 30 pieces of silver Judas divorced himself from true and eternal friendship with God! 
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Be careful who you share your stuff with. In short, know your friends! 
Be a friend you want others to be. 
It is not a bad thing to have a silly friend. We all need some silliness, good silly. 
We know an individual by hearing their friends. 
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Put negative gossip far from your lips. Do not entertain it for a second. If men gossip to you, gossip to them the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Avoid talking too much. Too much words is a snare. So, talk less. Be meaningful in your conversations and not wasteful. 
It is okay to feel sad; it is okay to cry. Grown ups cry, too! Let no one fool you that "men don't cry." 
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Learn what true biblical masculinity and true biblical feminism is. Do not for a second listen to these so-called celebrities with their distorted and toxic views. 
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God made man and woman; male and female. 
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Be humble. 
Work tirelessly on your character. Grades and connections can get you somewhere, but godly character brings you before God — the Creator of all, the Maker of all! 
Fear God more and you'll fear men less; fear men more and you'll fear God less. 
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Your identity as a young teen is not found in the Kardashians and their looks; your identity as a youth is not found in Rihanna and her baby bum; your identity is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Social media and its glamour is an illusion. It is not real. Do not compare your life with illusions. Live before God and man in integrity. It is hard, but it is possible. 
Your grandparents are your true and greatest "fans". Reach out to them. Share with them what's happening with and in your life. If they don't seem to get you, maybe it's because you live in a world that is too fast paced? Take them slow and understand them, even when they won't understand how snapchat works! 
You're not too young to die. Make peace with God before it's too late. 
Fools are always futuring. 
God loves you. He proved this by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die for you. Sounds like a cliché, you say? It's not! The Incarnation of Christ is not a clichè! 
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest, whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look, and see Him there
(One Jesus Christ, Holy Savior) who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me
You are my Saviour
You are my God, my King
Sing again, "When Satan tempts me to despair"
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within (there's much guilt within)
(This is what I do) upward I look, and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin (all of it!)
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me
Behold Him there, the Risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness (my righteousness, born from His righteousness)
The great unchangeable I am
The King of glory and of grace!
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ, my Savior and my God (one with Himself)
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God (with Christ)
With Christ, my Savior and my God
Thank You Lord Jesus
No Savior but You
No Savior but You.

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