What will get your attention? What shall I speak of to keep you glued and interested in the words placed before you; sex, drugs, violence and maybe some gossip thrown in; all the ingredients necessary for a number one best seller. The enticement is there, I've pulled you in and now you want the gory details, the lies, the deceptions, the rumors so you can bathe in someone else's demise. Yes, yes keep going fill me with these tales of horror, cruelty and jealousy; my adrenaline is rushing, I need to know the horrific details of this person's ruin. Well if you are so interested in this fable and enjoy the misgivings of this person's life then what I suggest you do is stand up walk over to the mirror and introduce yourself. That is the person I am speaking of. Do not look away now, take a long hard look, study the eyes, the nose, the lips, the color, the bone structure; do you know this person? If this person finds joy in lies, deception and controversy is this the type of individual you want to hang out with. Is this the person who will encourage you, love you, and give you the confidence needed when times are tough? Will this person sacrifice and give of their time to the helpless and less fortunate? Will this person protect the weak and give with open arms without asking for anything in return? Tough questions and even harder answers.
You cannot walk away from your self. Many of these answers will hurt and they may cause tears of sadness but facing the truth will lift the self denials and self persecution from the heart and mind. Like they say "the truth will set you free". If you look away and never deal with the inner demons then the truth will fall further away and finding your way back will be more of an uphill climb. Don't put your life on hold, deal with these problems now, get over them and move on with a fresh outlook on life. I'm sure some of you are sitting there saying easier said then done, thinking who is this guy, he has no idea what problems I have. My parents are messed up, school sucks, I have no friends, can't find a job, my teachers could care less about me, I'm bored with nothing to do, this town sucks, I hate my brothers and sisters, kids at school are mean, I'm not popular, I suck at sports; bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, it goes on and on. Did I cover it all? I am drained just by writing this stuff. There wasn't one positive thought there and my energy level melted down. If you are thinking this way then of course everything will suck. You're just fueling the fire that can't be put out unless you buck up and stop the self pity, the complaining, the what about me! Yes, I know some households are messed up, filled with anger, screaming and anxiety. I realize in a household such as this finding peace and silence is a chore. Your ability to stay positive and believe good things will happen is the ultimate test of faith. Not only do you have to deal with what's going on at home but you have to deal with the issues at school. I know it's hard at school wanting to fit in, be noticed and hang out with the in crowd. The pressures to be accepted can consume you and coerce you to do things against your better judgment. You think your survival depends on networking and dodging your way in to groups of individuals that you feel will raise you to the higher echelon of social status.
This self-centered and selfish attitude will get you no where. When you're young you are vulnerable to anything that wets your appetite. You want self gratification, you will do anything to please yourself, and you will do anything to be accepted into a certain social crowd. These actions keep you away from who you truly are. What you are doing is attracting other traits that you feel enables you to be accepted by others. You might even be mean or talk about someone else just to be a part of some group. The more you do this the more you distance your self from the person in the mirror. It may feel good for a time, being accepted and popular but really how have you gained by playing this game. Did you help another individual along the way? Were you kind and accepting? Did you think about others before yourself? Most likely no! So what does all this mean? Where am I leading you? I'm trying to get you away from the advertising campaign so prevalent in today's world that concentrates on self and what's in it for me. What do I get out of it? How do I benefit? You are too young to incorporate this into your personality. You are an open book, you have not yet gone past chapter one so it's still early enough to fill the pages with awesome material that fulfills dreams and aspirations. Words of encouragement, healing and love can become the theme that fills the remaining pages of your life. It's your choice, and deciding at a young age will be so beneficial as time goes by.
The hardest part in this will be letting your addiction for acceptance vanish. Many of you have worked extremely hard to fit in, to be popular, to be associated with certain groups but the way you achieved this status was most likely not done in a positive manner. Popular does not always mean hanging out with good looking people it can also include agreeing with a train of thought that will bring you in to a certain group. This, I think is the most dangerous because many of these groups have a sentiment of thought that is racial, destructive and deceiving. You've got to stand your ground; you cannot concern yourself with what others are thinking and saying about you. If you bow down and accept their thought and ideas, how have you prospered, how have you strengthened? You're probably thinking to yourself, I'll be an outcast and I'll be alone. Who will be on my side? Where will I find the courage and strength to withstand the remarks, the sneers, and the loneliness? I think you know, you just don't want to say it. You don't want to admit to your self that the answer is God.
Oh boy, here we go, he's talking about God, and he's lost me now. Hold on for a second. Let's see what God is and what he means to you. First of all you probably know more about any new technological gadget than you do about God. You only relate to what is prevalent in your daily life and I am almost positive that God is not in that category. The daily routines of life dominate your thinking and what the world is offering does not include God. Your morning log on to the internet contains front page news of Britney Spears, Hanah Montana, the Iraq War, the economy and other relative news. All important I guess, but still no news on God. You go to school and you're here to learn about subjects that will help you as you get older and enter the workforce. A variety of classes that will broaden your horizons and make you more diversified, more schooled in different trains of thought; still nothing on God. Your days over you go home, the problems of the day are discussed with the family, you do your homework, text a few friends, surf the internet, jump in bed close your eyes and go to sleep; still nothing on God. Wow, I'll tell God must have a complex because he's with you everyday, holding out his hands and trying to get your attention. But he's constantly ignored, not seen, not discussed and not heard. For someone who has given me life and a chance to live I would be thanking him as often as possible.
I can hear many of you, the skeptics saying that's just the way the world is, deal with it and stop this preaching on God. Yea I could do that but then my peace within will stop. Can I ask you are you learning in school how do deal with tragedies and obstacles that will confront you during your life? Are you learning how to deal with rejection and pain caused by others? Is there assistance or an outlet you can turn to when you've been sexually abused, verbally abused or physically abused? Maybe, maybe not but the point I am trying to get across is that your education and maturing process must consist of some teaching of faith and inspiration. If school is going to open up your mind to interests, dreams and possibilities than you also need the message of God to balance and center yourself with core values of goodness. The world will try to wear you down and that is a lesson school can not teach.