Last summer I worked as an Especially For Youth (EFY Summer Camp) councilor. We had a valiant group of teenagers who were truly in the midst of their teenage years. I remember those years, because they were not to long ago. They were ROUGH years, and I commend and encouage any teenager that is going through those years right now. All that I can really tell you is that they end eventaully and your get to be an adult! At this particular week at EFY I wanted to instill CONFIDENCE in the youth that I was working with. I tried to help them understand that when we face hard decisions, we need not be ashamed of choosing the right but confident in it. I wanted them to fully understand that other peoples opinions did not matter, but only God's.
Remeber that :)
As a retired teenager I know how hard it is to be confident in the things we are doing. We can not hide it, they are so many peers that are judging us. Peers DO talk about us behind our backs, peers can be MEAN. We do not Always get asked out on dates, We do not always get what we want.
After learning that crucial lesson of we do not always get what we want is when I started to change my perspective and build up my confidence so that I could do anything I wanted to. How I did that is simple. I learned that I was a DAUGHTER OF GOD. I learned that through many trials, many nights at the Latter Day Saints Program "Young Womens", and many hours reading the Book of Mormon and nights on my knees praying to God to know if....
1. If he exsisted
2. If He loved me
3. If I was special
What I came to find out is that God did Exsist, that He loved me and that I AM speacial. Once I understood that I can honestly say that I got a lot happier and had maybe too much confidence :)
When we are MAD we can choose to be HAPPY.
When we are not happy with life, we can STOP, RE-EVALUATE and CHANGE it.