“Don’t be a follower” is good but incomplete advice. Normally this is said as a negative response to following an evil, corrupt, or bad example. Some people, friends, or relatives may not be good examples of how to live and of what to think.
I once knew a 21-year-old man who had a friend too. He had several friends. His group of friends said: “Let’s go get a drink and have a ‘good time.'” He drank his first alcohol that night. He became drunk and ended up in a bar fight. This man took the fight outside where (with his military training) he ended up killing the man. With one dead, the man’s life will never be the same. Prison. Criminal record. Guilt. All it took was one choice. One moment, following some bad advice from a “friend.” He willingly let someone lead him astray. You don’t want to follow this sad example.
Let’s talk about school. Some are starting school for the first time, others are anticipating a new year of discovery, and growth, and still others are saying, “One more year until I graduate!” It can be a very busy time. How can a student, parent, or family juggle all the new routines and responsibilities that come with the start of a new school year? Have a flexible plan. Having a flexible plan helps with the pace of life.
What about communication with God? For some people, there is already a “blackout.” Their world is already upside-down, and they have no communication with the One Who can really help. They have not prayed to God ever, or not for a long, long time. Several Christians may only pray occasionally to the Lord.
When young adults and teenagers are discerning the will of God, the strongest motivation perhaps is to allow the pressure or expectations from peers, girlfriends/boyfriends affect their decision-making process. While the input of others and those who know us best can be healthy, it can also distract a young person from truly finding and fulfilling the will of
Continuing the thought of things that can only come from Jesus: The Present of Today. One clever thinker got it right: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift––that is why it is called the present.” Proverbs 27:1 teaches: Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day mayContinue reading “In Search of Contentment, Pt. 6”
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 Good friends are hard to come by. I mean, friends that know your thoughts and can even anticipate your next words and actions. I have heard it said that you will probably have onlyContinue reading “True Friendships”
Screen Suggestions for Students Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5 Screen suggestions for students, well, perhaps more for the parents of students. All of us have noticed the exponential leap of digital devices creeping into our lives. I like the new devices. The digital things, screensContinue reading “Screen Suggestions for Students”
I Can’t Wait! And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7 You have said it. You have thought it. Any young person you have near you has also said it – “I Can’t Wait!” We can get excited over many things in life. Looking forward with expectations of goodContinue reading “I Can’t Wait”
I Missed The Conference Red face. Swollen brow. My left eye was nearly swollen shut. It was somewhat difficult to breath. The headache was paralyzing. “You look terrible.” My doctor said to me Monday morning. I appreciate it when my medical doctors are straight up with me. “Take this medicine and you will be betterContinue reading “I Missed the Conference”