I immediately had reservations I was cut out for such a ďpreppyĒ high school, but I had no choice. I was a minor, and my parents made important decisions for me.
Fourteen is a challenging time for a young boy. I was coming of age, and within a few years would be able to drive, vote and move out on my own. In the meantime, I was locked in a high school I wasnít sure I could adjust to. Rigid academic demands along with strict rules like no hair touching the collar or eyebrows made this hippie at heart bristle. Several failing grades, coupled with the principalís constant criticism of my hair length, made me feel as if I were a failure. Mom and Dad quickly realized having me here wasnít a good investment and placed me in public school.
Solomon recognized our human weaknesses and wrote, There is not a single person in all the earth who is always good and never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20 NLT).
Removing me from a private school didnít alleviate future failures. I had my share before graduating high school and since-from a few unacceptable grades in college to financial meltdown to family breakdown. But I learned failing didnít make me a failure.
God gives many chances as the Bible and experience prove. No one is flawless-nor do we live in a faultless world, but I donít have to be perfect for God to accept me. While he has expectations, he also allows mistakes. Having a heart thatís sensitive to godly things, confessing when we fall short of his standards and pledging not to repeat the same mistake are evidences we understand Godís ďFailure Permitted Try AgainĒ program.
Prayer: Thank You merciful Lord for being a God of many chances and for loving us through our failures. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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