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For Teens

When life seems hard

What can we do when life seems hard? This author found that gratitude opened her eyes to a very different perspective.

“Dinner” with the enemy

After being treated badly, this author had no problem seeing the perpetrator as an awful person. But when they were put together on a group project, she knew that view needed to change.

Different is good

In college, this author was called “different” when she chose not to drink. But “different,” she discovered, wasn’t a bad thing.

Turn off the noise

When flu symptoms became a problem for this counselor and several others on staff, he found a powerful antidote to the belief of contagion by “tuning in” to God’s reassurances of health and safety.

Would I ever see my dog again?

When his dog vanished and he couldn’t find her, this teen turned to prayer and heard a surprising message.

The real you—infinitely “cool”

Do you want to be cool? Popular? Who wouldn’t, right? This author considers what real acceptance looks like and where it starts. (Hint: It’s all about seeing ourselves more the way God does.)

Stay connected

Social media has its upsides, but it can also provoke envy and self criticism. One author shares how she responds to the impulse to stay connected, and how that has transformed her approach to Facebook and Instagram.

After the break-up

Devastated by a break-up, this author couldn’t seem to shake the feelings of sadness and confusion. But things changed when she realized she didn’t have to hate her ex; she could still love!

‘This is for You, God’

Is humility a weakness? In many areas of life, especially competitive sports, it might seem like it is. But what I’ve learned through Christian Science and in following Christ Jesus’ example is that humility brings us the greatest strength, even in athletics.

Feeling conflicted?

If you’re struggling with a moral dilemma or trying to make a tough decision, how do you know which answer is the right one? This author shares the qualities of thought—like humility and willingness—that have helped speed her in the right direction.