We continue our reading program in the Psalms. This week's reading is Psalm 37-38. Read and take note of how God is with His people! You can download the entire Reading Schedule here.
Making Tough Choices by Steve Patton
When I was in high school I was a drummer in a rock band. We were great! The only problem was we were all Christians, which severely limited our playing venues as teenagers. We were constantly trying to figure out how to be fabulous rock stars making millions of dollars without our parents finding out. Needless to say we did not become famous. But we did face some challenges. We had more than one offer to play for friends' dance parties. It was a group decision not to do it although we could have played and our parents not know. I am thankful I had Christian friends who helped make those tough choices.
I am presently teaching Daniel in my adult class. When Daniel has to make a choice about not violating his conscience over his food, I suspect having three Godly friends who would stand with him helped make that decision easier. There is strength in numbers, especially when choosing a different path from the world. Four standing together is sure easier than standing alone.
I am so encouraged by the number of teens I have seen here this weekend for our special Bible Study sessions. Teen years are challenging and finding friends who also want to do what God wants is so encouraging and faith affirming. Take time to commend our young people on their faithfulness and be thankful they have friends who are Christians. It makes all the difference in the world.