Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Thursday Talk'n About Teens~Purity
a) freedom from foreign admixture or deleterious matter; as, the purity of water, of wine, of drugs, of metals.
(b) Cleanness; freedom from foulness or dirt. "The purity of a linen vesture." --Holyday.
(c) Freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin; innocence; chastity; as, purity of heart or of life.
(d) Freedom from any sinister or improper motives or views.
(e) Freedom from foreign idioms, or from barbarous or improper words or phrases; as, purity of style. [1913 Webster] Source: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Recently I won a video Pamela's Prayer from Plans4You who does TTAT (see button) and had hoped to use it with the youth at our church for a lock in, but it didn't arrive until the day after it, but since we have begun a summer program of youth group each week, I plan to use it tonight. I have watched this film and it's good. But I must warn you that it's slow moving and the setting is definitely 1980, which will be a hoot to today's teens. Aside from this, the message is clearly a great one. The goal is a high and lofty one of remaining absolutely chaste including no hand to body or kissing as is the practice of many teens today. In planning to show this film, I have come to realize that some of the kids may see this film AND ME as archaic and extreme. But in the light of God who is ALL holiness, what's wrong with the highest of standards? Why do we set the benchmark at a low place, for successful FEEL GOOD feelings that are so popular today in our culture? I mean, today, 2010 is the only time in history it's not cool to win or strive for heights UNREACHABLE hoping to gain on what is the norm for us. IF we had never set goals AND learned from our failures how would we have ever reached the heights we have? I am so undone with society's view that this world should be a success driven model. I actually dislike failure, but RECOGNIZE it's value in my life. My goodness, if I had NEVER FAILED I would have never known the sweet sweet savor of success!!! With this said, our God who is high, holy and all purity has a standard while we will NEVER fully achieve it, we should be striving for it with all humility~and in His power. STRIVING is all He asks. Pamela's prayer shows the conflict of a high standard and the sweetness of success doing dating and marriage God's way. Thanks Lisa for offering Pamela's Prayer on your blog and giving teens the spotlight each week.
Now about mine~they are busy working to refinish the basement with their Dad for new bedrooms. Also my daughter has received her driving permit~whoohoo! WATCH OUT! LOL! We are so blessed...and they are precious to us~perfect NO, but neither am I!