EVERYBODY'S NOT DOING IT!
A study released by the Centers for Disease Control shows that most teens are NOT having sex. A 2006-2008 survey released in 2011 by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that 68% of guys and 67% of girls (age 15-17) have never had sexual intercourse.
In addition, for teens ages 15-17, 53% of guys and 58% of girls have never participated in any form or oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysh/content/does/20090226_abstinence.pdf. National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents: Attitudes and Opinions about Sex and Abstinence Project No. 60005, Final Report February 26, 2009
Reprinted with permission from Human Life Alliance. www.humanlife.org
Watching my single mother rushing into relationships blindly, giving away her body, and losing pieces of her heart, I was pretty sure I wanted to wait until marriage to have sex. But after hearing a camp counselor share how wonderful it was to give herself as a wedding gift to her husband, I was positive I wanted my wedding night to be as amazing as hers.
I got older, my reasons for commitment grew deeper. I started to realize the physical, emotional, and relational risks involved in sex outside marriage were serious. I was also relieved to not have to worry about having an STD. I witnessed the self-esteem of my girlfriends and mom plummet as guys slept with them and then moved on to the next relationship seemingly unfazed. I was grateful for the confidence I had in the guys I dated. They were interested in me because of who I was and not what I had to offer physically.
I love knowing that someday when I get married, I will be able to have a level of intimacy with y husband that I have never had with anyone else. This intimacy will bond us together for life. I am committed to saving myself as a gift for him alone.
If you have already shared your gift and had your heart broken, you can still reap the benefits of recommitting to purity. Wrap your gift back up with a tag that says, "Reserved for Someone Special" and vow to save it for your wedding night!