Dare to Be Different, Dare to Aim Higher

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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT, DARE TO AIM HIGHER – TEENS By Florence Olumodimu bt2dimu@yahoo.com Romans 13:13-14
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Godly Expectations

God expects Christian teens to live by a higher standard. This means that God wants you to be examples of Christ rather than living by the world's standards. Reading your Bible, praying, and doing regular devotions are helpful ways to know God's expectations and live a life focused on God. Romans 13:13 - "Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy." (NLT) Ephesians 5:8 - "For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!" (NLT) Your Age is Not an Excuse for Bad Behavior

One of the greatest witnesses to non-believers is the Christian teen setting a Godly example. Unfortunately most people have little faith that teens can make good decisions, so Christian teens exemplifying godly behavior are a powerful representation of God's love. Romans 12: 2 - "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." (NIV) Living Out Godly Behavior in Your Everyday Life

Taking time to ask how your behavior and appearance are perceived by others is an important part of being a Christian. Everything a Christian teen does influences what people think of Christians and God. You are a representative of God, and your behavior is part of demonstrating your relationship with Him. Does this mean you will be perfect? No. We all make mistakes and sin. However, it is important to keep striving to walk in Jesus' footsteps as best we can. Matthew 5:16 - "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (NIV) 1 Peter 2:12 - "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us." (NIV)

Be Known for Your Honesty and Truth
What is honesty and why is it so important? What's wrong with a little white lie? The Bible actually has a lot to say about honesty, as God has called Christian teens to be honest people. Even little white lies to protect someone's feelings can compromise your faith. Remember that speaking and living the truth help those around us come to the Truth. Honesty, and Truth

Christ said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If Christ is Truth, then it follows that lying is moving away from Christ. Being honest is about following in God's footsteps, for He cannot lie. If the Christian teen's goal is to become more God-like and God-centered, then honesty needs to be a focus. Hebrews 6:18 - "So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie." (NLT) Reveals Our Character

Honesty is a direct reflection of our inner character. Your actions are a reflection on your faith, and reflecting the truth in your actions is a part of being a good witness. Learning how to be more honest will also help you keep a clear conscience. Character plays a big role in where you go in your life. Honesty is considered an essential characteristic employers and university interviewers look for in candidates. When you are faithful and honest, it shows. Attitude determines your altitude. The positive in mindset get things done despite obstacles. The negative in mindset make EXCUSES and blame others for everything they do wrong. Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? Luke 16:10 - "Whoever can...
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