What a simple, sometimes overused statement~ Oh, but how true it is!
I always tell teens, even if I’ve just met them, “I love you!” Sure, sometimes I get strange looks and disbelief, after all, how can a total stranger love someone right? But sometimes I get a huge smile and I see a heart that melts just a little. The thought of being loved can bring a ray of light into our lives.
Let me address the question, “How can you love a total stranger?” Let me ask you: If you want to have children when you grow up, think about that baby. Do you feel love in your heart? I bet you do. Why? Is it because you feel it’s a life you’re meant to look over? Is it because you automatically feel a connection to that child? Well I feel the same way!
I remember the first time I felt led to work with teenagers. Sure, I was a bit scared not knowing what to expect and not feeling like I had much to offer, but more than anything I felt the need to do it. I felt like it was a duty. After all, what else could I do with my past~ with my tragedies and triumphs~ other than to share it with those who needed it most?
I felt an automatic responsibility and connection… I felt motherly love fill my heart and this was even before I had children of my own. I can’t help that I feel this way~ I just do 🙂
There have been many nights where I’ve cried myself to sleep thinking of youth in need. Some teens I already knew and some I was yet to know. I finally just realized that God was filling my heart with just a fraction of the love he feels for teenagers~ for you.
So, when I say you’re loved I’m not throwing worthless words into the wind~ I mean it. I truly mean that I love you~ I love you because God loves you and because I want to offer you a love I felt I lacked in my own life when I was your age (I’m not placing blame on anyone in my past, it’s just the way I felt, the way I perceived my world and truth is, perception is seen as reality).
In summary, and you can take it or leave it but I certainly hope you take it: You ARE loved!