TRUTH that Sets them Free!

TRUTH

Every word that came out of your mouth was the truth
The truth shall set me free now thanks to you.
~High School Student

 

Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth—that’s what teenagers want, but find so hard to get from adults.

If you don’t believe me, check out the following excerpts from two students’ letters:

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Begin with the END in mind!

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I had an interesting conversation in class today with a 17-year-old young man who was very open about the fact that he used marijuana and had sex.

During the class, I asked him if he would want his future child to use marijuana or have sex when he or she is a teenager. He said, “NO, my son is only going to have three things in his life: God, sports and school! He’s not going to do drugs or have sex.”

I asked him why he would want more for his child than he wanted for himself. He said, “I don’t want my child to make the same mistakes that I have made.” I hear that statement from teenagers ALL the time, by the way.

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Kill the spider!

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I heard a message from a minister years ago that stuck with me because the truth of it resonated within.  His sermon topic was entitled, “Kill the Spider.” 

It was a simple message with a core principle that could apply in almost every situation.  He shared that when we clean our homes, we sometimes run across and subsequently have to remove spider webs.  We remove them one day, but they are back the next.  We get frustrated because even though we work hard to remove them, they continue to return. 

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Hope for a Generation!

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When I started my blog, I said you should prepare to be shocked, amazed, burdened, heart broken yet encouraged. Today is a day to be encouraged!

The letter below brought a smile to my face and definitely gave me hope for this generation.

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An Angel with a crooked halo

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If you read my very first blog post, you may recall me stating that this blog is my attempt to sound the alarm and let adults know how much this generation of youth NEEDS us!

The letter below should provide proof of that need:

 

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A Day in the Life of a Sex Ed Teacher!

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Every time I think I’ve heard it all and there is nothing any student could say that would shock me, I am proven wrong.  A student will say something that will bring me to my knees, as I ask God to help this generation of youth. I recently had one of those experiences when a young man shared the following with me after a class:

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Birth Control is NOT Disease Control!

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I received this email message from a high school health teacher today:

Jackie,
I have a student who is at a loss for words.  She recently had sex for the first time and has now been diagnosed with herpes.   She is a mess and is seeking guidance from me.  I am unsure what to tell her.  I did encourage her to get a second test taken just by the off chance the first one was a false positive.  Any input you could provide would be appreciated!

I have offered to speak to the young lady when I return to her high school in two weeks; but I am not exactly sure what I will tell her.

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Just Say YES!

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For some reason, when people hear that I teach abstinence many just assume it is a “Just say NO!” message and that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is actually a “Just say YES!” message. I challenge the students to say “YES” to their dreams, goals and futures.

 

The following story demonstrates why “Just say YES” is more effective than “Just say NO”!

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Baby steps…

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Ms. Jackie,

The speech that you gave to our class the other day was flawless. You made me actually think about the things I do and why. There are far more things that are more important to me than having sex, but I never thought past my spontaneous sexual arousal.

If I would have taken health before my senior year, I may have never started having sex; but I didn’t and I did. But, what you taught me is to respect women even when they want me to disrespect them, to value their sexuality and NOT take advantage of them.

If you knew who I am, it may be hard to imagine me writing what I am writing. It may be a surprise to a number of people, but your words touched me and that’s enough said.

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My Secret to Success!

This is one of my favorite success stories. Three years ago I received the following Facebook message from Briona Johnson, the young lady in this picture:

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