This week for Women of Faith, we answer the question:
“If you could go back in time and tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?”
Get a new hair style? Drop the glasses, whether you can see or not?
Yes, people, that is really me. I knew you would love it.
On a more serious note:
For starters, choosing one thing was very difficult. Ummmm, wow, there were so many things that I struggled to find just one. However, boiled down to where the rubber meets the road (whatever that really means)… I would have to say:
Obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.
Huge revelation, I know. HUGE! But, I know myself, and I probably wouldn’t want to hear that. Not because I was terribly rebellious and didn’t want to do what was right. But because of pride, I truly believed that I knew better than my parents. I sought other authoritative advice from those who would support my decisions and I could then feel good about those decisions. Oh, I wasn’t disobeying authority; I was just choosing my preferred authority. I wasn’t forthrightly disobeying my parents; it was just a matter that someone with more (fill in the blank) experience would understand.
Conversation with self:
“Don’t just listen and move on. Really soak in the advice your parents offer. Don’t weigh it; heed it. Think through it; put yourself in their place if at all possible. Out of all the authority God has placed over you, they love you the most. They want the very best for you for life. Their desire for your happiness and success exceeds the desire for their own happiness and success.
Above all else, your vertical relationship will not be in alignment with man if your horizontal relationship is not aligned with God.”
Simple enough. No big climax. No tremendous discovery or proclamation.
Note to teenage self: