Monday, February 27, 2012

More Than an Object

The teen years are influenced by the opinion of others, especially peers. Am I adequate? Am I worthy? Am I pretty enough, cool enough, and the list goes on. These days, teens have the wherewithal to seek to measure up in material terms. Brands and marketers tap into this insecurity and the spending power of teens. They offer them beauty and cool, etc. Thus, from pretty early teens receive and often buy into a message that adequacy and worth are material. Of course it starts before the teen years, but these years are our focus here.

This article below outlines this situation clearly:

Teens have more savvy and cash, and Portland-area malls are ...
Stores and shopping centers begin to cater seriously to young folks, who have become some of their most dependable and valuable customers.

When self-worth and material value become inextricably linked, teens pay a high price. Financial literary among teens is low as seen in the blog below, which gives its own views on the reason for this low level:

Teens and Money
The last 10 to 15 years have seen unprecedented numbers of Americans doing wacky things with their money, and paying big time for their mistakes. About.

As Christians, we know we have intrinsic value and are of inestimable worth to God. Just take a look at Jesus Christ coming.

In this season of Lent, how do we help our students to break the link between self-worth and material value?
What Scripture texts and lessons are you using as you do this?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

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