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My Daughter is a Rebel

Both my girls started blogging before high school. It is fun to get a glimpse into their minds and hearts through the words they write. Yesterday it was enjoyable to find this blog post by Megan (16-years old)...

If I could choose one word to describe myself it'd be 'rebel.' I don't like people to tell me who i'm supposed to be or how i'm supposed to act. I don't like to follow the crowd or conform to be like everyone else. I am not one to choose one style and swear by it. I don't like just one type of music or one crowd of ppl. I see the stereotypes, and i live to prove them wrong.I don't want people to be able to look at me and figure me out, but at the same time I don't want to hide behind a mask. I don't want to be the center of attention, but neither do I want to blend in with the crowd. I live somewhere in the middle.

I don't like labels. If there's one thing I can't stand it's the idea of being normal. Maybe it's not so much the 'normal' as it is 'average' or 'mediocre.' I don't want to live that kind of life. I don't want to be just average. I don't want to judge everyone who is different than me. I don't want to be so close-minded that anyone would be foolish to argue. I don't want to be so self-righteous and degrading that I turn away people who are looking for answers. I don't want to be that girl.

What do I want? I want want to be unique, to have my life mean something, to change lives. I want to dream big and achieve goals that seem impossible. I want to be on fire for God every day of my life, to be a catalyst in my environment. I want to change the world. I want to feed the homeless and clothe the naked, love the unloved and touch the untouchable. I want to question everything and wrestle with the mysteries of life. I want to poke and prod every area of my life, to test the very ground I stand on and see what holds firm and true. I want to be so full of God's love that it overflows into everything i do. I want each day to be filled with awestruck wonder and the God I serve and his creation, and to hunger for truth and justice, and to grow each and every day and little closer and a little more like Jesus.

Too big of dreams? Not at all: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" ~Phillipians 4:13
I pretty much love this 16-year old rebel with my whole heart, and I'm happy to be doing life with her.