I have a heart for teenage girls. Wow, doesn’t that sound scary, but take the creepy old man that hangs out near the cheerleader practice field elements out of it and it really is true. Lately I have been feeling this really weird dual desire. On the one hand I am about to have a son and I keep thinking about all of these manly things that we are going to do together and trying to figure out all of these different wild at heart type moments. And then on the other hand I can’t get it out of my head that I really need to focus on the girls in my youth group and spend some time helping them to reclaim their heart. So my mind keeps bouncing back and forth between what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman.
There is something so wonderful about the heart of a woman. There is something so valuable in girls, something so beautiful just wrapped up in who they are. They are the pinnacle of God’s creation. They are warrior princesses, the image of the one true King, and yet our world treats them as either clones of men or sex toys. Growing up as a girl of God in our world today seems like an almost impossible mission.
On the one hand you have this whole camp that says “be like guys” when that is just insane because girls are different and that is what makes them wonderful. Then you have teen pop stars showing more skin that clothing and everyone saying that they are “becoming women”. They are growing up in a generation without fathers, desperately looking for the love and approval that only a dad can offer. And on top of that the church is telling that that be a Woman of God you have to sit quietly and raise a family and forget about your own dreams. (alright it might not say that, but that sure is the image that it puts out.)
And in the middle of that we have these girls who are desperately trying to figure out who they are, and who will choose them and make them feel like they are valued and needed. And my heart just breaks for these girls because I want to do something to help.
You see guys are easier. It isn’t hard to gather a group of guys together and “be men”. I guess because I’m not a girl I am having a hard time figuring out how to effectively help these girls reach out to God and let him fill the deepest desires of their hearts.
Anyway, I said all of that to say that I am working on a 5 week Bible study for Wednesday nights that is just for girls. The guys are going to be there too, but it will all be focused on the ladies. The cool thing is that if the guys will actually listen they will not only understand girls better, but they will understand God better, because the heart of a woman reflects the heart of God.
I am still working out the details, but I am feeling very inadequate for this task so I need your help. If you are a lady and a reader of this blog I would love your advice. If I were to ask you what is a “Girl of God” what would say? Or if there was one truth that you could help every teenage girl to grasp about her relationship with God or her life what would it be? Or do you think I should just run away from this topic and take my manliness back to safe ground? I would love to hear from you.