The society, peers, music, books, movies, the internet, social networks etc are fast replacing morals and teachings found in the word of God. The world dresses up sin and packages it to look so attractive that it would seem insane not to partake in its passing pleasures. And the pleasures of sin are not only fleeting but also carry with them certain consequences of a magnitude that will take a lifetime to fully come to grips with.
With the myriads of options at our disposal, it becomes a difficult task choosing through those options. The bible offers us instructions that will help us look beyond the beautiful wrapping of sin so we would not be trapped by it.
Teenagers often feel the policing they get from their parents is unwarranted. They should be given the freedom they deserve to do as they please is their daily song. They believe they are now responsible for their lives. However responsibility comes with accountability. For the most times, when teenagers finally get the freedom they crave, almost immediately they blow it up. They unwittingly transfer the decision that is their sole responsibility to their friends who may even be less informed to handle the situation. If teenagers listened to their parents half of the troubles they get into would have been solved without them having to be positioned in a decision making state.
Teens who are blessed to be under parents or guardians should be grateful that at least they are being catered for. Those who have christian parenting are especially privileged.
A time of responsibility will come. And when it does come, the choices we make will make or mar our future. When the prodigal son became fully responsible for his finances, he spent it in a riotous manner. When it came time to give an account of how the money went, he couldn't. When Moses came of age and could decide for himself, he refused to be called the son of Pharoah's daughter. And instead of enjoying sin he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God. In the end he became a mighty leader in Israel.
The wise King Solomon says: My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings, let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:20 - 22).
In John 9 we read the story of the man who was born blind. After Jesus restored his sight, the religious leaders were upset which led to them questioning the man's parents to ascertain if truly he was born blind. The parents being afraid said he is of age, ask him. In other words, he has reached an age of accountability. He can speak for himself. The question is when the appropriate time comes can you speak for yourself or are you going to echo what others have drummed into your ears? As long as we are under the tutulege of our parents and guardians, they have the oversight over us.
So away with all the people around us who come to us with options to make decisions that may be to our own detriment. Let's focus rather on making informed choices. Of course having a sound knowledge becomes imperative in helping us make decisions for our lives that would end up blessing us, our parents and our generation.
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