Let’s face it, teenagers are really stupid. They do crazy things to impress their friends, rebel against common sense, and waste a lot of time. On top of that, our culture sends us many “follow your heart messages.” I say that this is really bad advice, since the heart often wants to do what a person knows he should not. How does this apply to Biblical womanhood? Quite simply, it applies because women of God need to have both wisdom and knowledge, and use both.
The reason that teenagers are so emotional and can be so stupid has to do with how their bodies’ are developing. The thinking, decision making part of the brain is still developing while hormones are in full drive. This leads to emotion-driven decisions which can lead to heart-break and drama. Sound familiar?
This is why young women should look to the Bible and older Christian wisdom for wisdom and direction. It might not always be fun to do the wise thing, but it’s the right thing to do. This does not mean that teenagers have to give up fun. In fact, there is a lot of good that can be done through teenage zeal. Knowledge and wisdom just need to be partnered with that zeal.
There are some great resources young women can use to store up knowledge in their hearts and learn what wisdom is. First, is the Bible, and the memorization of scripture. Memorizing scripture keeps one’s mind on God, and gives them words of wisdom to speak into every situation. Second, there are many great books and Bible studies that young women can read through. Two great books I would recommend are A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart, by Elizabeth George, and Maidens of Virtue, by Stacy MacDonald. Another thing every young woman needs to gain is discernment. Here is a link to a great article called, “Defining Discernment,” by Tim Challies.
This is the second part of my series on Biblical Womanhood. As a teenager, I don’t know everything, but I have learned a lot from older women, books, and the Bible.
Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”