I read this yesterday as the Facebook status of a high school girl and got her permission to share it here:
I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. I’m a virgin. I’m in high school, and I will not lose my self-respect just to "fit in".
And the world says there’s no hope for this generation?!?
Well, I think this girl just chose to stand up and say to ‘the world’, "YOU’RE WRONG!"
The coolest part about this, is that I know this girl is not alone! Whether others are boldly posting their stance as a Facebook status or not, they state it with their lives!
Don’t underestimate our teens. PLEASE!
Instead, remind them that they are beautiful and wonderful and creative and talented… that they are worth loving… just the way they are.
Encourage them to refuse to change themselves to fit a mold and rather to just be who God created them to be. Love them when they make mistakes, because we all do, and offer forgiveness. I invite you to join me in showing them the respect they deserve.