The Moment of Truth

Have you seen the show The Moment of Truth? I wouldn’t exactly offer a glowing endorsement, but I have to admit I’ve been sucked in to an episode or two. In case you haven’t, here’s the premise—contestants are asked a series of questions designed to cause drama (examples include: have you ever lied to get a job, have you ever stolen anything, and do you really care about starving children in Africa?). Their answers are matched up against a lie detector test. The goal is to win half a million dollars by daring to be truthful.

The show is really about airing dirty laundry for cash and usually the contestants’ answers lead to tears and angry looks from their family members offstage.  I’ll admit, it’s intriguing but it communicates a dangerous message that Truth is destructive or that deception is somehow is the safer route. This is a lie with serious consequences

My thoughts on your beauty

Several of you have recently commented about your struggle to feel beautiful. This is a common area of heartbreak for young women. In fact, the challenge to embrace my own beauty and worth has been one of the most intense struggles of my life and I know that I am not alone. I have personally witnessed the turmoil that many of you experience in this area and I know how widespread those feelings are among your generation.

Are you “hinting”? A second look at God’s purity standard.

According to a recent study, “ teens may be replacing intercourse with more alternatives they perceive as safer. For example more than 50 percent of U.S. teens ages 15 to 19 have engaged in oral sex. This number increases to almost 70 percent for those who are 18 and 19.

And it doesn’t stop there. The girls we talked to admitted that while they weren’t having sex, they didn’t see much harm in being sexual through the way that they dressed, the way they communicated with boys (even those who were “just friends”) and the way they presented themselves through text-messaging and online.

Nancy Talks About Discretion

Nancy helps us understand that what we say matters! I know that this can be a difficult truth, but it is so important for us to grasp. In what way have you seen the destructive power of words in your own life? Do you sense that the Lord is asking you to change a specific way that you communicate with others? I’d love to hear about it.