It’s not easy to be a teen today. At least, it’s not easy to be a teen and swim upstream against the culture. As a teen, you’ve got cultural pressure continuously fed to your soul from the Internet, you’ve got a majority of your peers turning their backs on God, and you’ve got an entertainment industry that celebrates sexual immorality with young role models like Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart.
Porn, hookups, and sexting are “normal” teen activities.
But there are a few young women who are choosing to swim upstream, to go against the cultural pull toward godlessness, and who are setting a powerful course in the opposite direction. One of those young women is my friend, Abigail.
I’ve known Abby since she was born, well actually we were praying for her before she was born. Abby is one of those rare girls with a passion for God. From the time she was a little girl she was drawn to her pastor (my husband) in an unusual way. And when she was old enough to articulate them, she would ask him theological questions far beyond her years. She would often make her way to him during the closing worship song, to stand next to him, tug on his jacket, and begin with her review of the content of his message, before she was five!
When she was only nine, Nancy Leigh DeMoss invited her to share her memorization of Hebrews 11 with a large prayer gathering at True Woman ’10 in Forth Worth, Texas. Although she’s not one to call attention to herself, she bravely stood to recite the passage and I believe her courage came from her deep love for Christ.
Abby is thirteen now and her desire to learn and memorize the Word has only increased. That love for Christ and His Word has birthed a heart to serve others. Every Sunday morning she is one of the first to arrive at church to serve with the adult crew in the sound booth. At least one Sunday a month she cares for one of our children at church who is disabled so his parents can be in the service. While her grandmother was in her final years of failing health, Abby helped her family care for her “Nanny” in their home.
Abby gets it. She understands that serving others is connected to glorifying God.
One ministry Abby has developed is: “Girl’s Night.” She schedules an afternoon or evening for a group to get together for fun, food, games, and Bible study. It is all at her initiative and takes some flexibility and persistence to make it happen with everyone’s crazy schedules. Abby isn’t a paid “youth director” or isn’t seeking to elevate herself to a “ministry position.” She just ministers naturally out of the overflow of her love for God. She follows the Titus 2 model and includes younger girls, so they can be following the example of older, godly young women. At our last gathering, we had girls from eight years old to seventeen (with a couple of us old ladies thrown into the mix!).
She serves in the background as a sound technician and in the forefront as a bold witness for Christ. And, this girl “after my own heart” even has her own blog! She recently wrote about our latest “Girl’s Night” and you can check that out by clicking here.
My prayer is that young women like Abby will not be a rarity, but we will see a growing number of teens that are willing to swim upstream against the cultural tide.
Will you join me in that prayer?
Do you have young women you are investing in and praying for?
Are you inviting the young women in your church to experience God?
May God bring revival and raise up a generation to live passionately for Him!
[box]That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
That they should put their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments,
And not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not prepare its heart
And whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:6–8)[/box]