As I look through my dashboard here on Tumblr, I see so many of my friends feeling discouraged and beaten down. Some of them are hating on themselves for the ways their body looks. Some are tearing themselves apart because they aren’t in a romantic relationship. And some are feeling wrecked because they are, and it isn’t working.
Particularly when you’re in your teens and early twenties, there are so many difficult things going on around you, and you don’t have a lot of control over many of them, and you can start to wonder, “Will things ever really be good for me?”
As your big brother, let me answer that: yes.
You - yes, you - have gifts, talents, and abilities the world needs. There is a destiny for your life. You may not see it yet, but it’s real. I promise. God has set the ball on the tee so that you could come into this world and change it. If you’ll follow the Lord (and I know you will) this world will never be the same because you were in it. (Ephesians 2:10)
You - yes, you - have a heart and body both that will be incredibly attractive to the right person at the right time. Actually, let me rephrase that: In God’s time, in God’s way, there’s a person that will behold you - mind, body, and spirit - and think you hang the moon. They will be blown away by you, entranced, madly in love, and absolutely determined to have you. And you will get married. And you will have sex. And God won’t want you to stop making sweet love to each other as long as you live. (1 Corinthians 7:5)
You - again, I’m talking about you here - will have a community of people that love you, believe in you, see what you bring to the table, and value you. You will belong. Follow the Lord, and he will take you to that place. You will have fellowship. You will have real family. And you will have a closeness that can’t be found any other way. (Matthew 12:50)
So don’t give up. I know you’re going through hard stuff today. Don’t give up. Keep taking your struggles to God. Keep getting strength from Him to face them head-on. And don’t give up.
Your future is so very, very bright.