Here are some of the big questions kids (10-14) have, although they will rarely, if ever, vocalize them. Understanding the questions is half the battle; having all the answers is not necessary, even if it were possible.
Who are my real friends? Who really likes me? In which group do I belong?
Who am I? How am I like and different from others my age?
What will I do with my life? Will I be important?
What sort of career and family will I have?
What will I look and act like when I am a grown up?
Am I cool?
Am I respected?
Do I look okay? What can I do to look better?
Do I have the right things? What should I buy?
Where will I have success? What activities should I pursue?
What are my gifts and talents? Am I special enough to be successful?
Will my family always love and support me? What would make them reject me?
Will I be loved? Who will be there for me?
Who really loves me – no matter what?
Can I be happy? How can I be happy?
What would happen if I died?
Is there really a God? Is he pleased with me? Am I a disappointment to God? How can I please God? Is there a Heaven and a Hell? Are there lots of Gods? Does it really matter how I live? What happens when I believe something then don’t do it?
How important is it to be totally honest? Is integrity really that big of a deal?
Will life get better?
(Please leave a comment below if you can think of another common question in the mind of teens.)