What we believe is important. And while our beliefs may evolve throughout our lives, our teen years are often a time when we intensely engage with the formation of many of our core beliefs.
Parents, peers, teachers, coaches, pastors, social media, the internet, books—all these influences shape our personalities, temperaments, and beliefs during our early years. As teens, we begin to sort through those influences to claim what we believe—and hopefully to live so that our actions reflect those beliefs.
What if during this crucial time of belief formation, we were more intentional about exploring and claiming our faith? Then perhaps we too would be able to say with Joshua’s confidence that “I will serve the Lord,” or to proclaim with Peter’s certainty that Jesus is “the Christ sent from God” (Luke 9:20, CEB).
GET STARTED: Our beliefs define us. Begin now to explore your faith, to talk with your mentors, to ask faith questions, and to claim what you believe. I pray that you and I will be defined by a deep and abiding belief in God that will guide us throughout our lives.