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TEENS AND CHOICES
by H. Witmyer
                                  

Sometime in their young lives teens will reach an important cross- road . The
choice they make then will affect the rest of their lives. It will influence their
marriage, jobs, friends- in fact every part of their future. It could mean the
difference between a happy life and a sad, messed-up one.

All around us the world is reaching out to teens. They see a picture of the so-
called “good life” painted in the movies, television, magazines, newspapers,
everywhere they look.

What is this “good life” the media portrays? The theme is  “if it feels good,
do it“. Don’t care about other people, just have pleasure. Buy a big house
(even though you can’t afford it!), addle your mind on recreational drugs,
steal from the company, run around on your spouse.
But this is not the right road to take. You might say to me, “Have you ever
been rich or had lots of material things?” I would have to say no, I never
have had many of the things the world would view as defining success. But
let me ask you a question; if your friend put his finger in a light socket and
lived to tell about it, would you try it, too, just to see if it really did hurt? If
your answer is no, that is an example of learning from others’ mistakes.

There are many world-famous people who chose this “good life.” One
person in particular comes to my mind.  He was so rich he bought his own
airplane, not a small private plane, but a full -size airliner. His name was a
household word. He sold millions of records. His shows drew thousands.

In his youth, he sang in a church choir, but somewhere along the way, he
reached that crossroad and made the wrong choice. His decision was to
leave the church and follow fame, money, and the “good life.”

Did he have fun? Yes. Did he have pleasure? Yes. He had everything that
money and fame could give him. But was he happy? No. He spent the rest of
his life looking for something that he couldn’t find.

You may have heard the saying” Money can’t buy happiness.” The man I am
talking about found this to be true.   From what I have read, he died of a drug
overdose. It seems he never found real happiness, just a temporary happy
feeling from drugs.
How many  sports stars, actors, and other famous people have made the
same mistake?
Will you be someone who can learn from the mistakes of others? If you can,
you will make a better choice when you come to your crossroad.

If you are going to church, stay in church. If you are not in church, find a good
church and stick with it. I chose God’s way when I was a young man and
have found happiness in my life Now I am old and have no regrets about my
decision. Why not check out some people who made different life choices?
See where that choice took them; what their end was.

An even more important result of your choice is where you will spend
eternity. We want to be happy in our time here, but this life and the
happiness it brings us is short . Eternity is timeless; it goes on and on
forever.  And what right-minded person would choose misery without end?

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Pro 14:11  The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle
of the upright shall flourish.

Pro 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.

Pro 14:13  Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is
heaviness.

Pro 14:14  The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a
good man shall be satisfied from himself.

Pro 14:15  The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh
well to his going.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment:

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If you don’t want to take other people’s word for it please take God’s.
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