An Antidote for Teenage Angst

By Lauren Graham /

Life can be hard on teenagers.  During these years we are confronted by major stress-inducing decisions such as where to go to college, what career path to follow, and settling on a personal worldview.  We have schoolwork and tests constantly thrown at us. Many of us have to find a job for the first time.  And it doesn’t help that we’re in the most awkward, often embarrassing stage of our lives.

While these problems may seem minor to adults, they’re the biggest things to happen to us. They’re not just significant, they’re sometimes terrifying!

In stressful times such as these, when we’re extremely impressionable to everything around us, we can easily fall into unbiblical ways of coping.  We see young people who ruin their lives by making wrong short-term decisions with long-term consequences and we’re made aware of the stark contrast between what the world offers and what God offers.

As I survey the teenage landscape I worry about the future and then I plan what I think should happen next, instead of letting God lead me to where He wants me to be.

At times like these I turn to the Bible for comfort.

Jesus Christ is quoted in John 14:27 as saying: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

And in Proverbs 3:5-6 we read: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct they paths.”

Armed with these promises and encouragements I am able to confidently face the trials and tests I know will confront me, particularly because the Christian life is so much at odds with worldly ways of doing things.

The fact is, Christ promised us joy, not ease. Yet we never have to worry about falling out of God’s will or ruining our lives if we trust the Lord!