From the heart of a youth leader….

541256_336165293109884_863854326_nLacie Mercer is passionate about fashion, hair, makeup, and ministry. She serves on staff at Life Link Church in the media department as well as the Jr High ministry director, along with her husband, James Mercer. Her heart is to inspire people to be who God has called them to be through relationships.


I remember when I was in jr high, Lizzie McGuire was the show to watch. It came on every day sometime between after school and before dinner and I rarely missed an episode. The only downside to Lizzie McGuire was her attitude towards her parents. She would go off at them for no reason and then stomp upstairs and slam the door to her bedroom.

What I didn’t know was that I watched the show so much that I actually started developing some of Lizzie’s same attitude. My parents could see hints of sarcasm and retort sneaking into my speech. So I got grounded for the very first time in my life!

My parents were always fantastic at communicating with me. They were careful to make sure I never received a consequence without an explanation. That way I never felt like they were out to get me and I trusted them completely. I guess the problem was eventually fixed because the grounding was lifted and I could watch my show again.

The point is, parents, you are the only ones who can screen things from your kids. They won’t learn what’s ok or not ok to watch unless you teach them. Things like Twilight, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, The Notebook…may not be the best movies or shows for your kids to watch. It’s up to you to discern and decide, but do so wisely.

Students, if you’re reading this, listen to the advice your parents give to you on this subject. Take it from me, you don’t always know the effect of what you watch or read or listen to has on you.

You need your parents. Whether you think you do, or not, you need them. Your relationship with your parents is absolutely the most important relationship you have right now, aside from your relationship with God. You may not completely understand what I’m saying, but I’m asking you to trust me. Take it from someone who successfully made it through the crazy, mixed up, teenage years. I made it out alive only because of my relationship with God and the fact that my parents prayed for me…A LOT.

Whether you’re a student, parent, or a random person reading this post, my challenge is this: let’s watch what we allow into our minds by being aware of what we read, watch, or listen to. God has called us ALL to serve a purpose, but it will be hard to tell what that purpose is if our mind is so cluttered with junk that we can’t hear His voice.



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