A Life As a Teenager (The Foundation)

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:3).

‘If the foundationlist be destroyed, what can a “teenager” do?’ The foundation is important in everything we intend to do in life. Before a house can stand firm – to prevent it from collapsing when it’s stormy – there has to be a foundation. If you desire to become someone great in future, you need to lay a foundation for it. A foundation is a base on which something is built; just like an adage that says ‘as you lay your bed so you lie on it.’ The future you fail to prepare for would not come; it is what you put in that comes out.

If you don’t invest in your foundation now, what gives you the feeling that things would work out for good in the future? There are many people wandering about without direction, as a result of faulty foundation which they failed to consider while they were younger.

While we were kids, teachers usually ask ‘what would you like to become in future?’ The whole class usually gives good responses. But a good question to ask is, ‘is there a good foundation set towards achieving those dreams?’ God’s thought for our lives are thought of good and not of evil, to bring us to an expected end. But there are teens out there that are already destroying the future as a result of a faulty foundation. ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what can you do?’ is a question I would like you to answer.

But before we give that answer, let me show you some essential fundamentals of a good foundation that should be taken into consideration:

– Decision Making;
– Friends;
– Educational Background;
– Parents; and
– Relationship with God.

These fundamentals and their effect on the foundation would be considered and discussed.

DECISION MAKING

As a teenager, the decisions you make today would determine how your tomorrow would be. We all have dreams of becoming great in life, taking up vocations in accountancy, engineering, medicine, etc. If that is a decision you have made, then you have to lay a good foundation for achieving. This can be done by putting your best resources into that dream. Some of my colleagues – who graduated from high school the same year I did – are not doing very poorly today; some of them are faltering in their studies, business, career or even in their personal life. I believe they never wanted that to happen, but it may be as a result of the wrong decisions they made back then.

The truth is where you are today is as a result of some decisions you made weeks, months, or years ago, where you will be in days or years to come will be determined by the decision you make today. That’s why it is very important to seek God’s face before making on any decision. You may also meet your parents or trusted elders for counsel because God has placed them there for you as authority figures.

Your decisions today are stepping stones for your tomorrow. Whatever we desire to become in life will be as a result of the decision(s) we have made. When you don’t make the right decision that is in line with your dream at an early stage, you will start having difficulty and, not until you retrace your steps, you might be heading to a wrong direction. Every decision you make is a foundation and a stepping stone to what you would become tomorrow. God is not mocked, for what you sow is what you reap, and if you don’t like the harvest you are reaping then check the seed you are sowing.

GOOD PARENTING

For every teenager to have a good foundation, the need for good parenting is very important. Parents are given to us by God. Parents are very vital to us; they contribute greatly to our success in life. It is very important for every parent to give their children a proper upbringing. God has placed them over us to watch and guide us through life and help us in achieving what He has ordained. They play a vital role in your life and help you build a solid foundation. It is the wish of every parent to see their children successful in life. Why else do you think they are investing so much on you?

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