Monday, 11 July 2016
Say 'No' to Squandering (For my teenage friends)
Since joining some social media sites, I have had a growing horror in my insides at the photos that are posted online and over the last few weeks this has developed into a letter to not only my incredible and beautiful teenage friends but to a whole generation who holds no value for purity and who are being failed by adults who have not explained there is always an option to say 'no'.
So, here's the letter:
To My Teenage Friends,
Imagine the scene.
You have a shiny new phone – the latest upgrade. It’s your constant communication tool with friends and family. There is no other way to be contacted and all your important information is stored in your phone. Not to mention all your music. It’s precious, so you treat it with care. If you were to go to the London underground where there are big signs everywhere saying ‘Pick pockets in operation’ you would keep your phone safe. You would not let a corner of your phone peek out of your bag, just to tempt the thieves. You wouldn’t flash it around so they know you’ve got it. Of course you wouldn’t!
Your virginity and purity is the same. Except that phones are replaceable and your virginity is not. Once it’s gone, it is gone forever. There are thieves in operation all around the world – in our nation and other nations. Don’t throw this away when, for other women it is being violently stolen day after day and sometimes hour after hour.
How do we know it is so precious? Sit in a room with one of these women, as I have, and hear her sobbing as she speaks of her pain at this precious, most intimate part of her being stolen. If it was easy to throw away, like an old crisp packet at the bottom of our handbags, then there would be no heartache. There would be no need to be afraid of men. There would be no need to feel anxious about going out of the house in case it happens again. You would not feel like a captive to your own past. Your life would not be affected in any way by throwing away an old, useless object.
This is to be prized. This is to be kept sacred. This is to be cherished and treasured, not wasted in the pursuit of ‘fitting in’ or wanting to grow up.
The thieves are prowling, ready to steal your purity. Don’t give them a sneak peek by posting naked selfies online. Don’t give yourself away just for a laugh. Don’t seek value in what others say about you. You are worth more than that. The women who’ve had their purity stolen know all about worth. They feel worthless now that it’s been taken. You can say no, they couldn’t. You have a choice, they didn’t.
Value yourself. Value your virginity. Keep it safe as your treasure until it's the right time to give away to someone who adores you for the incredible person you are. Stop squandering yourself. You are loved. Your life has value. You are beautiful and courageous and clever. There is more to you than pouting selfies. There is more, so much more, to your life. You are free to choose.
Say no to squandering.
Say yes to freedom.