June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by

Jan 28, 2008

Pushing the Limits

How far is too far?

“Can Christian teens listen to secular music?” “I like to dance, is that alright?” “Is it really lying if it’s just a little lie?” “What’s wrong with the way I dress? “Can Christian teens date?” “I have a boyfriend, can we kiss?” “How far is too far?” “What is acceptable for me to do as a Christian teen and not lead a totally boring life???”

Today’s Christian teens and teens in general have a whole lot of questions that they are seeking answers to. They want a list of absolute dos and don’ts to guide their lives by. Many of the questions that they ask are really a matter of opinion or personal belief system. There are no places in the Bible that list specifically every concern that you may have. However we all have that still inner voice called our conscience that lets us know when we are doing something wrong.

There are many questions that I have been asked by Christian teens which I have no simple answer for. I’ve also found that usually those doing the asking already have what they think the answer should be in mind and simply want someone to agree with them and give them license to do what they really want to do. However this is not what Christianity is about. Christianity isn’t about how much you can get away with doing and still be considered a Christian. Christianity is about living a life that pleases your heavenly father.

So to Christian teens and teens in general I say, don’t try to push limits to see what all you can legally or morally get away with as a teenager. Ask your heavenly father to help you to mold your life after his will. I love the way the Living Bible translates this verse in Romans.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (The Living Bible)

Remember, the adults in your life may not have all of the answers that you are seeking but in time as you grow more in your faith you will begin to learn more and more what God expects of you and what is His will for your life.

GT December 07


Denise said...

Great advice my friend, may teens heed the call of their dear Father.

Sherrin said...

You make some really good points! The question should not be "how much can I get away with" but "how can I best live out God's heart for us and seek out what he does have to say?" "How can I spend my life on the best things". Everything becomes clearer when this is the focus!

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