Today we have a guest post from our friend Carter. Check it out!
Dear Junior High me,
Never lose sight of what is most important. Most things you think are vital now are not going to be essential in the long run. Try not to place too much thought and worth in them. There are going to be a lot of things that will try to compete for your attention, but if you are firm in keeping the Lord at the highest place in your life, you will save yourself a lot of heartache.
Following after Jesus is difficult. You are going to look different than those around you sometimes. It can be discouraging, but remember that you are choosing the good portion, living a life that produces satisfaction beyond measure.
Start journaling now. It takes a lot of time, but you’re going to cherish every word your pen produces on those pages. As you look back on various seasons, you will see how you grew and different characteristics of our God.
When you start to see conflict, remember to look at what you’re doing and not simply assume that the other person is in the wrong. Sometimes we like to take it easy on ourselves, but never compromise on an opportunity to mature and make yourself a better person. However, don't assume that you are always the issue. Sometimes you have to approach the other person in love and communicate with them how you are feeling. It's a fine line to walk, but mastering this skill will get you a long way with your friendships.
You are so loved. No matter what others tell you or even what you tell yourself, you’re so loved. Never forget it. And when you do start to forget it, always make your way back to the truth that is God’s word.
Never be discouraged by a task that is placed in your hands. Remember, it is the Lord that is at work in you, and He has given you gifts to do exactly what is in your life now.
Seek to have a mentor in your life now. This could be someone that is in High School, an adult, or both. This is so vital because it brings more wisdom to the situations that you are going through and a new perspective on how you should react. Having an older role model will push you in your faith and help keep you accountable in your daily walk with the Lord.
Learning how to recognize how the enemy attacks and how to combat them. The only way you can accomplish this is through diving so deep into truth and believe it with all of our hearts, even when it doesn't make sense.
Finally, be strong. Don't give up. The Lord sees what you're going through and will be with you every step of the way. You're closer than you think you are. Keep pressing into the presence of the Lord and seek His strength, comfort, and love alone to fill the wholes in your heart. - Carter
Carter is a Senior at Prestonwood Christian Academy and a leader in the Prestonwood Student ministry. She lives in Frisco, TX with her sister Riley (16), a Junior at Prestonwood Christian Academy, and parents and is excited for the new seasons of life to come.