Teen Talks That Matter -April 2014

Teen Talks That Matter

 

One of the consequences we face in a today’s world of social media is that we find ourselves more isolated than ever. One online article warns: “Those who live their lives primarily or exclusively online claim that virtual friends are not adequate substitutes for real-world friends, and …..individuals who substitute virtual friends for physical friends become even lonelier and more depressive than before.”  It’s easy in our teenage years to live our lives online and compare our lives to others.  We all have periods of time that we battle with loneliness and sadness and feel overwhelmed with our situations. but those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ have an assurance that He can bring comfort to us no matter what we are going through. In one of the more known scriptures, Psalm 23, David wrote, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they COMFORT me.” What a blessing to know that we can rest in the comfort of our Heavenly Father.

 

It also is easier to be a “virtual friend” than a “physical friend”, it’s easier to say nice things and promise to do things online and then fail to do so.  We as followers of Christ should set the example and be a true friend to others.  The next time you see on social media that a friend is down, don’t just type something, call them or visit with them. That personal touch will make a difference. We share Christ’s love when we take the time to minister to others. Many people have come to know Christ because someone took the time to care and show them God’s love not just talk about it.  We may be the only Jesus others see.  So whether it be a friend your age, a grandparent, neighbor or stranger take the time and show God’s love.

 

I Peter 1:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

 

May God Bless Your Life Each and Every day,

 

Until Next Time,

Ashley Stevens