We recently asked our Be Your Own You fans to help us by contributing to our blog, and we received some great entries! We are proud to present our first guest blog, by Brittany Harmon.
When asked what provoked her
“What inspired me to write this was God speaking through me. When I was younger I wish more people would have told me these things. I heard them, but I had trouble believing them. I want to be more of a leader. And God is really showing me what being a leader means. These 4 messages have a lot to do with becoming the leader I want to be. When I said "God loves you, no matter what" I had to take time to believe that myself, so when I'm helping my peers I will be able to say, "hey.. I know how it feels, but God loves you and he always will. You're not alone" it's so important that kids and teens nowadays understand that they're not alone, everyone makes mistakes because we're human. It's part of life. Having someone there for you that knows what this world holds can definitely help you grow in your faith and help you to become a leader yourself.”
Here is her article below:
4 Messages Our Peers Need to Hear
Words are more important than you think. They can wound, or even kill, but they can also affirm and build one up, too! I’ve been thinking, I want so badly for the next generation of young believers to know that they’re not alone and we love them so deeply. Here are some things that are important for our younger peers to hear:
God loves you, no matter what:
This should be repeated daily to them. “No matter what you’ve done, no matter what you will do, God loves you and always will. There’s nothing you could do that would make God stop loving you or love you any less.”
I love you:
It might sound a little cheesy, but do you know how many kids are just waiting to hear those 3 simple words? I’ve had a friend that I said that to, and she, in return, told me she’d never been told that before. That really breaks my heart. To fix this, we need to show our peers that we love them by spending time with them, investing in a relationship with them. Don’t forget to tell them “hey, I love you, you’re like a little brother/sister to me. I’m blessed to have you in my life.” Those few words can mean the entire world to them.
I forgive you:
Kids, teens, and even adults make mistakes. They’ll mess up at one point or another in their life. They might hurt you, or hurt someone else, they may do something that they shouldn’t have, but how you react to these situations can have a huge impact on them. What they need to hear is “I forgive you. And I still love you.” Remind them that messing is okay and that they’re human. It’s bound to happen!
Hang in there, don’t quit:
Encouraging our peers doesn’t mean telling them that everything is okay, that things will be better tomorrow. Encourage these young believers by telling them the truth. Ah yes, THE TRUTH. The truth is that: “struggles and trials are a part of Christian life. Just hang in there and don’t give up.”
“For I know the plans I have for you.” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Being a teen isn’t easy, nor is being a kid nowadays. Our peers and young believers need encouragement, both in struggles and in faith. Let’s help them continue in their faith because one day, they’ll be encouraging someone else.
Our guest blog posts are meant to inspire, connect, and share. Thank you Brittany for your bravery and sharing your beautiful, well-thought-out words with our group. We encourage you to continue to inspire others, and for those reading this, please be sure to comment below AND visit Brittany’s blog post to leave a comment there: