Verse of the Day


"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love."

~I Corinthians 16:13-14


Today's Devotional Thought

August 30, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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Dear Miley

It seems that many have weighed in on the Miley Cyrus performance from Sunday night's Video Music Awards. And, I have many thoughts on it. As a mom, a youth leader, a Bible study teacher, and Christian woman who has endured her twenties, I would say the following to Miley if I had the opportunity...

{And, if you haven't seen it, you can youtube it - but I warn you, it is something to be watched without children around.}


Dear Miley,

Like many middle aged moms out there, I did not see your VMA performance when it aired originally. I was actually watching a movie with my husband and three kids at the time. But, I was on Facebook when you performed and saw my Newsfeed light up with comments from others who were watching it live. Young, hip twenties friends of mine, teenagers who are in my youth group, and fellow middle aged moms all chimed in on what they thought of your performance.

Shock. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. The comments ran the gamut.

I am sure you have seen them.

I waited until Tuesday {Mondays as a mom are really busy} to pull up your performance on youtube and watch for myself. I am a scientist by profession and I always try to reserve judgment on anything until I see it for myself and think about it on my own. I was warned to make sure my kids were not around when I did watch it, so I pulled it up when I was alone.

And Miley, may I say that I didn't feel disgust or anger towards you when I watched it. As a mom of two young girls who know the words to every song by Hannah Montana, who still wear shirts with your face on them and still sleep in Hannah Montana pajamas, I know you are expecting me to be outraged. I know you are expecting me to say, "They looked up to you. How dare you ruin my children by acting like that?"

But Miley, I'm not going to say that.

Because honestly, I could see this coming. As much as I hoped that you would not take the road paved by so many child actors before you, it was pretty predictable that you would, at some point, try to prove to the world that you are not a little girl anymore.

Many child stars before you have tried to prove that they were adults once their child roles were done. And they have done it just like you. Well, not exactly like you did Sunday night. But, they have done it through drinking and partying and sexual behavior sprayed all over our televisions, computer screens, and magazine pages.

So, I am not surprised to see what I saw.

In fact, many young people {famous or not famous} try to prove that they are adults by acting like that. So, like I said, it didn't shock me.

But, I do have a question. Well, a couple of questions.

Why do so many young people {famous and not famous} try to prove they are adults by acting like you did on Sunday night?

Have we, as adults, led you all to believe that "being an adult" means drinking and partying and having sex?

Have we, as adults, not taught our young people that being an adult is not about drinking and partying and having sex? But rather, being an adult is so much more fulfilling than that.

Have we not taught our young people that being an adult means making the most of your gifts and talents by making a difference in other people's lives?

Have we not taught our young people that being an adult means working hard and being a productive member of our families and societies?

Have we not taught our young people that being an adult means you have the responsibility {and privilege} of leading and guiding others?

And my dear Miley, have we not taught our young people that being an adult means really learning who it is that God has created us to be and doing all we can to follow Him in that? So that we can fulfill our unique and God-given purposes on this Earth.

Have we failed to show our young people the value and joy that comes from giving to others? Have we failed to show them the awesome privilege it is to use our positions in society to make a difference in others' lives? And most importantly, have we failed to show our young people the importance of loving Christ and growing into who he says we are so that we can fulfill our purpose on this Earth?

Because, there is nothing on Earth more fulfilling than doing exactly what it is that God put you on this Earth to do. Alcohol. Drugs. Sex. They all do not even come close to comparing to the fulfillment that comes from making an eternal difference in the lives of others by being who God created you to be and pointing others to him through that. And that is what being a real adult is all about.

Have we, as adults, failed to teach our young people what being a real adult is all about? And have we failed to teach them because we have failed to do it ourselves?

Miley, I know that your life has been complicated by the fame and the pressure that you endured being a child actor. And I know that you want to prove to others that you are not a 15 year old girl anymore and furthermore, that you are NOT Hannah Montana.

But, don't do it like you did Sunday night.

Sweet girl, I pray you can prove to the world that you are not a child anymore because I know that is what your heart desires. But do it by being a real adult. Each one of us is meant to grow into our God-given roles on this Earth and should be allowed by others to grow into those adult roles. But Miley, prove that you are grown by being the woman that God has created you to be.

Don't be the type of adult the world claims is grown. Be the type of adult that God says is grown.

And I promise you that I will do my best, as an adult, to make sure the young people around me know what being grown is really all about. That it isn't about drinking and smoking and sexual behavior. But, it is about real maturity, displayed through living out the potential that God has put in each one of us and living to encourage others in their growth.

Make a difference in the world Miley. That's the best way to prove you are not a child anymore. And, in the words of Paul in I Corinthians 16, Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love (v. 13-14).


Memorize this verse today:

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love."
~I Corinthians 16:13-14



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