To those of you who knew me when I was 13-14 years old; I apologize. Although I won’t go into all the details in this blog post, let’s just say I was definitely a “troubled teen”. I had short, choppy red hair (that I cut and colored myself 😳). I wore dark, crazy clothes. I started doing poorly in my classes that I had once done so well in.
All that aside, my attitude was unbelievable. I was rude and disrespectful towards my teachers and basically anyone who was slightly a figure of authority in my life. Seriously guys, I’m so sorry. Looking back, you were all so patient with me. Many of you may have had an idea of what I was going through at home but no one knew what is was actually like. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for not writing me off as some snotty teenager. I will never forget the kindness and forgiveness you all showed me during that time in my life. Thank you for loving me when all my actions made me deserve a slap in the face.
I know dealing with so many kids/teenagers can’t be easy. I know that I made that job even more difficult for a while. To all the prayer partners, mentors, teachers, counselors, and any other person out there who works with teenagers everyday; Thank you. Your kindness IS making a difference in their lives. What you do is so important.
I’m by no means perfect. However, I’m not the same person I used to be. By the Grace of God, I’ve been redeemed. I wanted to thank you for being a part of my journey to get to this point.