Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
There are two conflicting worldviews that will ultimately shape your entire future: atheism and theism. Richard Dawkins, a famous atheist, describes atheism as “pessimistic” and the universe as “bleak, cold, and empty.” He ends his statement with, “But so what.” This type of thinking leads to an emotional death. The number one prescription drug in America is antidepressants because so many people are looking for hope but are surrounded by an ideology that tells them that there is no future, and nothing they do matters. When they do try to find meaning for their life, the atheistic response is, “so what.” In Christ, we know that there is a greater cause to live for. With teen depression being so prevalent and suicides occurring at an alarming rate, we need teenagers in our schools and communities spreading hope. Encourage everyone you see today. Show them the eternal hope you have in Christ by the way you live.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John talks about love to a great extent in all of his books. John is quoting Christ and points out a sign of love that also guarantees the love of the Father: Commandments. We’ve all seen the couple showing way too much affection. I went to school with a girl that literally fed her boyfriend lunch like a baby. It was disturbing. However, people that truly love each other do things for each other. God displayed His love for us by sending Jesus to die for us. We display our love to God by obeying His commandments. Does the world see your love for God? Are you honest, loving, humble, and helpful? Do you stand up for God? Love God and display your love to Him through your life by keeping His commandments.
Psalms 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Do you ever feel lonely? Sometimes ever though we are physically surrounded by people, we feel emotionally alone. David had to go through great depression and anxiety as a young man. We know a lot about how David felt as everyone, including his own men at times, wanted to kill him. The reason we know so much, and the reason he was able to get through this time, was that he prayed all his emotions to the Father. He understood that God would always be there for him even if his own family was not. Take a moment to talk to God and explain your emotions to Him. He’s the only one who truly understands, and He loves you no matter what you bring to Him.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
How often do you hear, “He started it!” Paul is clear in stating that it is not our place to seek vengeance. Many times both parties get in trouble because both got involved. It takes a bigger person to walk away and forgive than it does to lose control fight back. Look at Christ. He was attacked all throughout His earthly ministry. One time they tried to throw Him off a cliff! Certainly, He could have dropkicked those men over the edge while shouting, “Ain’t nobody gonna disrespect me!” Instead, He walked away. Be like Jesus. Walk away.
Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that hath
understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is
for the back of him that is void of understanding.
Many people suffer pain in their life because of
their own foolishness. Two things come to
mind when I read this. First, take responsibility
for your education. Your entire future is
based on your knowledge and your ability to communicate that knowledge. That’s why English and grammar are critical to your education.
Learn how to speak and write properly. If you cannot communicate well, life will be difficult for
you. Worry about understanding the lesson more than your letter grade. That’s your job to help
yourself. Secondly, learn everything you can. The world has too many people that lack the ability
to pick up on the things around them, and transfer that into profitable knowledge. If you don’t
understand something, look it up. Google it. Nobody gets an award for saying, “I don’t know.” Find out.
Learn it and let it help you find the life you want to have.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
So it’s almost Christmas, and everyone has a list a mile long of what they want. All too often the season that is supposed to be one of love, kindness, and good cheer becomes one of selfishness, arguments, and complaints. So here are a couple of things to think about.
1. Your parents. They probably don’t make more money now than any other time of the year when they were working to make ends meet. So they will maybe tighten the budget more, ask someone for help, or put it on a credit card that they will spend the next year working to pay off to buy you what they can. Be grateful to them even if you don’t get a new car for Christmas.
2. Your siblings. They are just as worthy of a good present as you are. Don’t look up all the prices to determine if they got a penny more worth of stuff than you did. Be happy for them and the gifts that they get.
3. Your weird aunt. She only comes once a year (if you’re fortunate). Be kind and thank her for the cat sweater she knit for you, even though you don’t have a cat.
4. Your friends. Your friends my be from a richer family than you. Don’t hold that against them. God gave you your family to love and be a part of. Be thankful for where you are, and be happy for those who have more while you help out those who have less.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
This sums up the greatest principle of humanity. The world tries to put you in a special category, but with God we’re not defined by the things that people may first notice about us. Native Americans, African Americans, homosexual Americans, and obese Americans all have fought from school playgrounds to judicial courts for their “rights.” However, the Bible does not grant any specific special interest group their rights because to single out and protect one group is to not protect another. The Bible is clear. It’s not about race, gender, age, social status, or even religion or sin. It’s about human beings. Christ died for all mankind, and to devalue the life of any one person is a direct insult to the Saviour Who loves that person. Treat everyone with respect because that is how you want to be treated.