Fighting Temptation with Faith (for teens)

(I wrote this article quite awhile ago, and it never found a home, although I tried to submit it to two magazines. If you’re a teenager, remember your teenage years, or know teenagers well, I’d love to have your feedback on this article. And if you think someone might benefit from it, feel free to pass it along!) [And, by the way, please forgive the big spaces…I messed with this article for too long and still have some formatting issues. Sorry!]


Fighting Temptation with Faith

Romans 1:17 “The righteous will live by faith.”
II Cor. 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight.”



My best friend in high school, “Jenny”, was pretty and fun. We loved the same things: laughing hard, shopping, clothes, and dreaming about the future. You might say we were a bit boy-crazy, but really, we just talked and dreamed a lot about having godly husbands someday and having families of our own that were Christ-centered. We didn’t know any godly guys in our small town, but we knew they existed. Together we had gone to Christian teen rallies and visited a Christian college where we saw godly, handsome college guys in action. And I knew, deep-down, that if we waited for God’s timing, He would give each of us the desires of our hearts by sending us godly mates.

Jenny and I grew apart, though, my senior year, and we ended up taking different paths. She withdrew her reservation from the Christian college we were both planning on attending and bought a brand-new car with her savings instead. In the meantime, I was saving my cash for college. She started dating guys that weren’t Christians and soon lost her virginity to one of them. It all happened so fast. Before I knew it she was saying “I do” to a guy who I knew wasn’t saved, and her life took a turn completely opposite of what she had always hoped for. (more…)

Published in: on June 8, 2007 at 8:09 pm  Comments (4)