Why Do Many Young People Struggle With Self Image, acceptance by peers? Some need to return to the center of the universe–let the soft winds of eternity blow over their souls. More simply put, nail down core values–decide who you are and where you are going in life. Be inner-directed not jerked around by others’ agendas and desires. If I am a child of the King that is BIG Stuff! Who cares what the world thinks of me? They don’t understand (1 Cor 2.14)! The most loving person in the world, Jesus Christ, was rejected by many. Should committed Christians expect better acceptance? And, if ‘friends’ cannot accept my core values, they cannot accept me. They are not real friends. Better to find it out now. Ask Jesus to give you one or two godly buddies.

Young or old, we need to find our acceptance in God and Jesus. Until we know Him we will not understand why He created us or our reason for being and self image. First things first.

The life-is-all-about-me, mindset is a churning sea, doubts and confusion reign. It’s a dark  hole. But if we are a redeemed child of God He has created us to be “holy and blameless,” we read in Ephesians 1.5.  Is that my focus—to please and serve Jesus? My core values should reflect that—grow out of that—build on that—peace and joy await. Other believers will usually accept me. Worldly people often do not. Who’s acceptance do we prefer?

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt 6.33 NAS)(Jeremiah 29.11, 13; 32.27).

This is not rocket science. If one expects the world to love and appreciate godliness they will often be wrong.  Bluebirds don’t hang out with buzzards. Get with your own kind, believer—1 Cor 15.33; Psalm 1.1-2; Prov 13.20; 2 Cor 6.14-17).

But some one will ask, “What if I don’t want to live God’s way?” I prefer worldly pleasures and activities.” Do  you already live like that? So how is life going? Got peace and joy? Loneliness, doubts, confusion, emptiness, wrong friends, family disappointments or stress, can push us into self-destructive relationships. Self-defeating choices can just bring more heartache—unnecessary pain.

“There is no peace anywhere in the universe outside the will of God.” – Elisabeth Elliot

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