teenage children and the elderlyLeave me alone, leave me alone… “What is it ehn”? “I have my own life to live”. Ada wrestles her way past the wooden chair placed on her path. “If only I caught you”, “I will beat hell out of you”. Breathing heavily…. If you know your name is Ada just wait for me.

You have you own life to live abi? Wait until you are independent, it will not happen  under my roof! I will not tolerate any nonsense from you. And what do you call his name, Johnson, if I see his foot here again…..

Ada kept a safe distance from her mum, “don’t worry, I will soon leave this house for you”. I have my own life to live.

Is this scenario familiar to you? You probably played/play “Adas” role as a teenager. You know what is good for you. You want to take all the decision that concerns you. Experience has shown that in most of those moments, you did not really know what was “best” for you.

This is not to say that parents are always right when taking decisions that concerns their teenage children. This article beams a thought light on the notion “It is my life; I live it as I like”.

Is it really your life…? If yes, should you really live it the way you like? Won’t you rather live it right and best? On why it is “not” your life, God told prophet Jeremiah that he knew him before he was formed in his mother’s womb and had chosen him to be a prophet to the nations. (Jer 1:5). This applies to you; you exist because God has chosen you to fulfill a purpose.  Fulfilling that purpose is what you should care most about; it is the life that you should live.

St. Paul re-echoed this in his letter to the Corinthians (1st Cor. 6: 19-20) when he wrote “…..You do not belong to yourselves but to God; he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for Gods glory”.

God continues to speak to us, through our parents, friends, relatives and conscience. The next time you get an advice from your parent, colleague, spouse etc does not be in a hurry to dismiss them with “It is my life…… “ “ nobody can dictate to me……” rather examine and reflect on them by asking these questions:

  • Is it right?
  • Is it the best thing to do, as compared to what I have in mind?
  • What are the benefits of doing it my way as against this proposed way?
  • What will be the consequences/result if I do it this way as against my preferred way?

Whoever you are, irrespective of your educational status and life achievements, never see yourself as an island of knowledge.

Teenagers and young adults, I admonish that you receive suggestions and advice from the elderly through the len of reason. Place less emphasis on how it was presented or who said it. Sometimes we allow our perception of “who” gave the advice to cloud the reception of the message.

Have you discovered what your purpose on this planet is? Make effort to become who you are created to be daily. You are called to be a light in this world (Matt 5:14); “let your light shine that men will give glory to your father in heaven”.  Also, be more open to advice, suggestions; filter them through the reflective sieve described in this article.

 May you find and live your calling to the benefit of the society and the Glory of God.

 Published by: knowbaseconsult.com

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