Below is a letter that I wrote to myself. In my past, I made some bad choices, and I wish that I would have know then how much I’d get hurt in the process. So this letter is everything that I wish I would have seen coming, and the redemption that followed.
“Dear child of only 13,
There’s so much I wish you could have known. I know it’s a bit cliche, but I wish you could have heard all of this 6 years ago, instead, these words almost feel hollow and belated. You really don’t know what’s coming, do you?
That red-headed boy that you stare at from afar, he’s been trouble all
Your friends? They’re about to turn on you.
The many secrets that you confided within your circle of friends is about to be revealed.
Your secret crush, will quickly become public gossip.
Your diary? It isn’t so safely kept away now is it. Under the mattress
was never the most clever place to hide your purest most honest secrets.
The lies you told your parents are going to haunt you.
You were never really getting away with anything. You only think that
All of this, because you thought that it was okay, normal, and typical
of any teenager.
Well, it isn’t. You are digging a deep grave, and I just wish that I could have stopped you, but you just don’t get it, do you?
You thought innocence was impossible, beauty was a scam, and being in love was the only way to be happy.
In the next few months you will see what I mean.
You’ll be teased, broken, and become an outcast.
You’ll have to work hard to regain the trust of your parents.
You’ll be embarrassed, that’s for sure.
Soon you will see all your secrets come into the light.
Your joyride will come to an abrupt end, but did it ever really begin?
But of all these misfortunes, one thing has remained true.
God has always been there.
You may have forgotten about Him, but He never forgot about you.
He believed in you, even when you doubted Him.
When all is said and done, He will be your only source of redemption.
He is going to wipe your tears, and erase all those bad memories.
Yesterday will become history, and those things will all drift miles away from your thoughts.
The red-headed boy will be a stupid memory that you will be able to laugh about.
All those lies, they will become the basis for your testimony.
Innocence is possible, beauty is true, and being in love with God is the only way to be happy.
To all the sweet young girls that are reading this- Please know that I’ve been where you are right now. I too did the silly things- Falling in love with boy bands, writing endlessly in my diary, and sharing secrets with my girlfriends. It’s okay! That’s normal! Just try to keep a hold of yourself and really think about what you are doing. I thought that I could fall in love with a boy, and never tell my parents. Trust me, that doesn’t work.
So I guess what I want to say is this: You are beautiful, and you don’t need a boy to tell you that. You can have a crush, but just leave it at that. You’re still young, you’ll have so many guys to choose from and later fall in love with.
You may be head over heels, but keep calm! If you think that your relationship should be occupied with kissing, touching and sex- It really doesn’t have to be! I’m going to admit something huge okay: I’m 18, I haven’t had sex, never had a 1st kiss, and actually, I’ve never had a real boyfriend. There! I said it! So you know what? Be who you want to be in life. Don’t have sex because you think you need to take a relationship to ‘the next level.’ Don’t compromise anything unless it is really what you want. I’ve found that guys actually like girls who have values and aren’t ‘easy.’ That doesn’t give you the right to be a tease, but it does give you the right to express your confidence!
What do you say? Are you ready to claim your inner beauty? Will you be an honest young woman? Will you value yourself enough to make good life choices?
In my life, I get all my strength from Jesus. He is my salvation, and I look to Him for guidance. If you too are looking for confidence and strength, look no farther that Christ Jesus. Talk to Him, and ask Him to help you out. He’s there for you 24/7, and He will love you more than any boy could love you! After all, you are His daughter, a daughter of King Jesus!