Teen Tuesday – A Different Perspective

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One thing that’s hard for teenagers to do is to look at something from a different perspective.  I’m not trying to be harsh; I’m just being honest – psychologically speaking, from personal experience as a teenager once and as a teacher now.  It’s just difficult for them to get out of their own heads enough to see things in a way that doesn’t revolve around their own beliefs, values, and experiences.  Shoot, it’s still hard for us as adults at times.

In some ways, this is perfectly normal and we can’t expect teens to see things the way adults do or can.  However, I think it’s imperative that we do our best to expose them to the folly of some of their ways of thinking.  Being materialistic and “all about me” has become such a normal, accepted way of life and mentality in America, that we don’t always recognize our youth following in our footsteps.  We may know better, but we don’t always show it or talk about it.  Between our often bad example and what they see in the media and their peers, they aren’t getting much stimulus to shift their way of thinking.  It’s time for them (as well as us!) to wake up to what really matters and to see things from a different point of view.  “Things” don’t matter.  They are not eternal.  People matter.  Love matters.  Compassion matters.  Grab hold of that eternal stuff and everything else will fade away.

 

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~ by Dusty Crabtree - Author of Shadow Eyes on December 4, 2012.

4 Responses to “Teen Tuesday – A Different Perspective”

  1. I’ve seen this posted around. It’s poignant and to the point. Thanks for posting, Dusty, I will circulate again. Cheers!

  2. You bet! It’s extremely difficult to draw a line for this kind of thing but it’s also easy if you know who you are in Christ. That’s the biggest problem, not that youth and adults become greedy and want more than they have, that they don’t have an identity that comes through Jesus Christ. Truth is, it’s still ok to have “things” in life (still have to learn how to be content) but you just need to know why you have them and how you can use those things to bring glory to our God!

  3. Dusty, you are so right on! My grandchildren should read this.

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