Y’all, I’m not kidding. High school is a scary place. The more I get to know these teenagers and they open up, high school is a scary place to figure out who you are.
There are people coming at you from all different directions, assuming (usually incorrect) things about you, calling you names, making fun of the choices you make… I wouldn’t want to be there. Sometimes I feel totally unable to relate – I wasn’t bullied in school. I wasn’t Miss Popular, but I didn’t get made fun of for the choices I made. I was most certainly insecure, and anything someone did say about me stuck… I’m just thankful it wasn’t anything that wrecked me.
I’ve met teenagers who have felt wrecked by their peers. You may have felt that way, too. You might even feel that way now, even if it’s not coming specifically from your peers.
Friend, can I tell you that you are loved? You are so loved. You are loved so much that a man lived his life without sin just so he could take the punishment for our sin. For your sin! For my sin! That’s a pretty dramatic love. It’s literally a love that knew no bounds – he didn’t get halfway through it and think, “Nahh, this is worse than I thought. I’m out.”
There are no abandonment issues in Christ. There is no name-calling in Christ. There is no reason to feel less than loved and cherished in Christ because he so abundantly laid his life out for you in love.
From the depths of my heart, I am sorry for the hurting you’ve experienced in your life. It is painful to hear about it, and it wrecks my heart to realize that your reality has been hard. Friend, I am so sorry. But if the rest of your world is telling you that you aren’t enough, or you aren’t worthy of love, will you please hear this? You are. You are. You are.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into he world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, no things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 37-39)
Hold strongly to those truths today. You are loved.