Day 13 — Teen Devotion: Life Is Hard
Life does not apologize for what it gives you. You can choose to resent how things go, or you can flip any negative narrative and make a difference in your world.
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What I hope you learn is that life is not primarily about what it has dealt you but about how you respond to the Lord as the disappointments come your way. You have the ability and intelligence to live in such a way that you can put God’s name on display regardless of your circumstances.
I don’t want you to do as I did. As a 15-year old angry teen, I was sitting in jail for my stupidity. It did not have to come to that, but I would not own my responsibility for the choices I made. All I could do was blame others for my problems.
It was too easy to blame others for what was wrong with me because, quite frankly, some of the people in my life did me wrong.
You do not have to be defined by the bad things that happen to you. You can transcend your troubles by allowing Christ to transform you. The best choice you’ll ever make is to follow Jesus. Take on His name. Join His family. He will be glad to adopt you and give you a new identity.
Time to Reflect
- How do you usually respond to your disappointments?
- What is one thing you can do to flip a negative narrative in your life?