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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)

TITLE: Go Forth and Define Yourself
By Brenda Welc


This world is filled with desires for this and that. Some desires are good, others will lead you down the wrong path. During your teenage years you will face opportunities to choose the right path, make your decisions wisely. Your destiny is predetermined, God planned this before you were born. You are the chooser of walking in the right destiny. Persons in your life will either help you or show you ways to walk in the other direction. Being a teenager in todayís society is difficult. Church is not the number priority in many households making it hard to hold onto the principles we are predetermined to uphold. The friends you choose during this time of your life might be the persons who stand beside you when you get married or the ones you write to who are behind bars. Choosing the right persons for your life now will determine what type of person you are most likely to become.

You are a wonderful gift from God to this world, choosing what defines you as a person is very important. Choosing God to be a part of your life is the first and most important choice to make. Secondly you need to decide how the world will see you. Will you be Jesus-like or against the teachings of the church? Will you be compassionate towards those around you or angry at the way the world is treating you? How will you react to situations which arise in your life? God predetermined your destiny, it is you who chooses what makes you who you are.

Choosing to live a life of Christianity may seem to be against the grain of what your friends are doing; you may feel uneasy, questioning yourself. Self doubt is one of the biggest destroyers of faith and can lead directly down a path of destruction. Getting lost in the downfall of society we may make wrong decisions. The further we travel down the wrong road we widen the gap between Christianity and leading a life of suffering. Standing up for your faith in situations where God is the only right answer is choosing what defines you as a Christian.

Being in the limelight as a teenager may seem appealing, however standing back in the shadows watching the ways of the world gives you the opportunity to see life as it is. Wearing the latest fashions and excessive make-up just to fit in may not be the right choice, however if you are wearing fashionable clothing and make-up for yourself then it makes a difference. If you choose to satisfy the needs of society you are choosing to make the wrong statement. When you do things that make you feel good and express yourself then you are doing them for the right reasons. The minute you start to wear make-up just to fit into a certain crowd you need to evaluate if this is the choice you want to make.

God created us to be ourselves. Even though society shapes and molds our thinking we are fully capable of making our own choices. God wants you to be unique. He wants you to have friends. He wants you to be happy. God chose you to be with Him; it is up to you to choose Him and His way. Donít be afraid to ask for direction from those who are in authority over your life. Parents, pastors, teachers and family members are all here to help you make the right choices, however you are the finally answer to the call. What you choose to define you will take you either closer or farther away from your destiny.

In the end the only person you will have to answer to is God, make this your life statement. When non-Christians question why you are doing deeds for God in your life be honest with them. Show others how great our God is by the good works we do. Be compassionate to others and lead by example. God will always be beside you to help guide your ways. Make the right choices, God will reward you. Prepare yourself for people who will try to steer you in the wrong direction. Show others your devotion to make right choices. Define who you are to the world. Only you can make your destiny a reality. Go forth and define yourself, society needs a wake-up call. You have be chosen by God to help fulfill His plan.

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Dee Yoder 06/18/07
Your article is a challenge for teens to ask the Lord what He wants from them as they start their journey in life. Thanks for sharing your heart.
Trevas Walker06/20/07
I love the last few sentences, and the challenge they pose. Society does need a wake up call. A well written essay.
Kristen Hester06/20/07
There is some good advice for teens in here.

One idea: Perhaps if you shared a personal story or funny example to get your point across, it might keep a teen's interest even better. We want them to read your message!
Sharlyn Guthrie06/20/07
Your entry is well-written and very well organized, emphasizing your main point at the end. Dialoguing with your audience (asking questions, etc.) might be another approach to making it even more teen friendly. Keep up the great writing. You are talented.
Sara Harricharan 06/20/07
It's nice. It really has a good message to get out, but I didn't quite...connect. Add something to make it personal. Describe feelings. Teens need to hear this, help them relate to it. Good job though, just needs a tad more work. ^_^
Jacquelyn Horne07/07/07
This article holds some good advice for teens. Let's hope they get to read it.
David Butler07/08/07
I agree with the above comments. You have given it a lot of thought, and there's a lot of spiritual depth reflected in your message.
There are many creative ways to get the message across in an engaging way. Tell a story, give your testimony, write a skit perhaps?
May need to proofread it before you publish - but we're all guilty of that. :-|