Just a Teenager

A couple of months ago, my fifteen-year-old and I were doing errands and we were listening to the songs on her ipod.  The majority of the music is Christ-centered, but we do allow her to put some secular music on it if it is not offensive or too lovey-dovey. We like a lot of the same music, but not all, so I try to listen to her music periodically so I know what she is taking in.  She had a peppy little song on there called “Teenager”.  It was upbeat and fun and I wasn’t really listening to it until I caught a few of the lyrics, then I began to listen closer. I’m sure they seem pretty harmless to some, but they made me sad. Check out the lyrics first and then I’ll tell you why:

I like staying up all night
I think it’s my right
To sleep until noon
I love watching scary movies.
I could stay shopping all day
Getting my way,
And trying on shoes.
Don’t tell me what I should be doing

Give me a break I’m just a teenager
I like putting things off till later
Just hanging out, having fun, and taking my time.
Give me a break I’m just a teenager
I’m automatically attracted to danger
I can’t help myself
Can’t be no one else I’m just a teenager

I dread making my bed
I wish I could get out of cleaning my room
Cause I hate keeping my friends waiting
Fast cars, playing about hard
Google-ing stars and surfing for tunes
Does any one here get what I’m saying?

Give me a break I’m just a teenager
I like putting things off till later
Just hanging out, having fun, and taking my time.
Give me a break I’m just a teenager
I’m automatically attracted to danger
I can’t help myself
Can’t be no one else
I’m just a teenager

(Spoken)
Hello, this is Jordan
-Hey what’s up?
You’ll never guess who called me yesterday
-Who?
You know that guy that’s taking me to homecoming?
-Yeah
He was like you took my breath away when I saw you
-Haha
He called me sweetie too
-Awe
I don’t know if I like him though

I want more minutes on my cell phone
I wanna credit card of my own
I want the keys to the Mercedes-Benz
Yeah
I wanna wear what I wanna wear
I wanna copy what I think is fair
I wanna chill at the mall with my friends
(At the mall with my friends)
Does anyone here get what I’m saying?
Just hanging out havin’ fun and taking my time
I can’t help myself
Can’t be no one else
I’m just a teenager

Give me a break I’m just a teenager
I like putting things off till later
Just hanging out, having fun, and taking my time.
Give me a break I’m just a teenager
I’m automatically attracted to danger
I can’t help myself
Can’t be no one else
I’m just a teenager

Now before you go thinking I’m a total fuddy-dud, I remember very well what it was like to be a teenager and all the fun that I had being one.  But I had to ask my daughter if she really listened to the implications of the song.  To me, it was that teenagers are only capable of sleeping in, shopping & talking on their cell phones because, afterall, they are just teenagers

Someone said that teenagers are not the oldest children, but the youngest adults and I have to agree.  They are on the platform waiting for the train to adulthood, which is due any minute.  They can’t afford to spend the entire time that they are waiting sleeping, spending money & being attracted to danger.  Because in the blink of an eye, they will be out there on their own and they will become adults who are lazy, in debt, selfish and in trouble. We are doing them a great disservice if we allow them to fritter away their teenage years without instilling in them responsibilty, a good work ethic, and a desire to serve someone besides themselves.  Songs like this simply sell them short of all that they are already capable of

 1 Timothy 4:12 was one of my favorite verses when I was a teenager. It was very encouraging to me.  In it, Paul exhorts Timothy to “Not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 

He tells the young people to set an example for believers now, not to wait until they are older to do so. 

A blog that I enjoy reading by someone that I don’t know personally is Chats With an Old Lady.  She had a terrific post about teenagers and serving the other day.  You can view it here.

If more young people would just realize the power in Christ that they have and the impact they could make if they just shifted their focus from themselves to others, we would live in a different world.  Of course, this applies to everyone, but teenagers have a fresh view and passion that enables them to affect great change in the world around them.  Think of all those who made a difference at a young age – were they just teenagers?  I don’t think so! 

And that song on my daughter’s ipod?  Deleted – hopefully along with the message it delivered.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by laurenst on July 11, 2008 at 7:31 am

    You’re right in this, Kerri, & scripture supports it. It’s not always easy for me to get my girls to see why I don’t allow some things, that are more subtle in their false teachings. Don’t you feel that we are surrounded by upside-down beliefs sometimes? Or maybe we are the ones who are upside-down?

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  2. Posted by scrabblenut on July 11, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Well said. I absolutely agree. I’m so glad that by the time my boys are teenagers I will have plenty of support from women who have been there!

    Reply

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