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Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)
TITLE: Clean inside out
By Millicent Njue
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June was a typical teenage girl growing up in the city. Having been brought up by Christian parents, she was cautious to remain right with God. But lately her emotions had been running riot. She was more irritable and took offense easily. Her parents, realizing their girl was growing up had done all they could to prepare her for the teenage years. But her friends were getting the better of her.
Her mother spoke to her on the need to keep a check on what it was that she got involved in. She spoke to her on the influence that her friends had on her. She reminded her day by day of the importance to keep close to God even when she did not understand herself. She kept going at her to keep her thoughts clear and to remain focused in those tumultuous years ahead.
It was a very useful lesson because she did not seem to understand herself. The matter was made worse by the fact that her friends were telling her a contrary message. That she should go with the flow. That it was fine to yield to her emotions. That her parents did not understand her and only wanted to curtail her freedom. She was torn as to who it is she was supposed to listen to.
That small still voice. Telling her to do right and not engage in evil. That little voice came to her rescue. It was well that her parents had prepared her to face life’s challenges. Most important that she knew that she needed to be careful what it was she allowed to dominate her thoughts. As that could be her undoing. If she was not careful.
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