We had just finished a session at a local Christian “college” in Melbourne Australia. (The colleges there are the equivalent of the high schools in the States.) At this event we also had students all the way down to grade 5. Our session was all about lies in culture and how they can be combatted with the truth of God’s word.
Sometimes after we speak we have the privilege of interacting with the kids and hearing their stories (and taking selfies, of course). I was approached after this session by a young girl (probably 12 years old) with short hair. She mentioned that she really liked my hair (also short). I replied that hers was very cute. She explained that sometimes people thought she looked like a boy. My heart broke for this precious sister. In that moment I replied “You don’t look like a boy. You are BEAUTIFUL and feminine!” She got tears in her eyes and then hugged me before running off.
Kids in today’s culture are bombarded by so many messages that they are “not right”. How can we expect them to take a stand on important issues like sexuality when they are already overwhelmed just trying to be themselves? Purity is a holistic topic and it is a privilege for me to be able to minister to kids in body, soul, and spirit. Sometimes they need a verse, sometimes words of affirmation, and sometimes just a hug and sprinkling of truth into their world.
– Courtney Alberson
Author: Courtney Alberson
Courtney is Generation of Virtue’s lead solutions specialist. Which is a fancy way of saying she handles the team’s many IT needs and spends a lot of time in Photoshop. When she’s not finding solutions to problems, Courtney enjoys communicating God’s truth about love and relationships to teenagers and…drinking coffee.