The Toughest Two Years Of Existence

Robert Strand

This is a word of warning! Are you aware that according to psychologists and psychiatrists who study such things...that the two most difficult years in life and growing up are the 13th and 14th years of your life! WHY? Maybe you have passed these two years and may or may not agree with their findings. You may be caught in them or you are ready to enter them. Why are they considered to be so tough?

teenagecoupleLet's break their findings down so that we can deal with this. FIRST...It's a time of life that is marked by rapid physical and emotional changes. It's called adolescence and it's very much a part of growing up. Everything is changing...mentally as well as physical. SECOND...Feelings of self-doubt and inferiority reach an all-time high during these years. This, too, is understandable and not the end of the world.

THIRD...This may be one of the most difficult to deal with...because an adolescent's worth as a human being or human becoming hangs too much on the fickle influence of a peer group. Relatively minor evidence of being rejected for any reason or no reason at all, become significant to someone who may already see themselves as failures. For example...not being invited to an important event may be devastating.

So what can be done? You need a support system, particularly your family, believe it or not. Don't abandon your future resources to that fickle peer pressure. Share an encouraging word with your fellow teens.

And most importantly...remember that Jesus Christ was 13 and 14 in his earthly life, THEREFORE you have the best friend you can have, because He understands and loves you, in spite of what is happening! His love is unconditional! With His help, YOU can do it!

"Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come" (Ecclesiastes 12:1).