If I could get our youth to listen, I would tell them, “If you believe you are anything less than what God created you to be because of the way you look, your size, your grades, or your history (no matter what it is), then you are believing LIES straight from the pits of hell. Any thoughts you have regarding yourself that make you believe you are different, and therefore less worthy, are not true, no matter what you have done or what has happened to you.”
I would tell them that drugs and alcohol will only exacerbate those feelings and inhibit their decision-making abilities, and that decisions made under the influence are life-altering.
I would tell them that the drug to not start with is nicotine.
Trying cigarettes is usually a symptom that they are searching
for something they can’t find, can’t name, and are desperately seeking a place to fit in.
I know this from experience.
I would remind them that they are fearfully and wonderfully made; that God had a plan for them before time, and no matter what mistakes they may have already made, God still has a plan. I would tell them about freedom, and how they don’t have to live their lives under the bondage of lies making them believe that they need drugs or alcohol or food to dull the pain, and that sex does not equal love. I would tell them that Jesus does, indeed, love them just as they are, and He really does make a difference.
Some wouldn’t listen…
they tried telling me, I still chose my own way.
Perhaps some would hear, though.