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Athletic, smart, part of the cool crowd growing up, it was easy to see why I wanted to be included in his world. Why? Because I wasn’t those things… I was the kid who was in his own world, talked to himself because I was easy to talk to, and I wasn’t athletic like the rest.
This is the coming of age story of 2 boys, brothers, both close in age, growing up in the same house… Yet, their childhood wasn’t lived the same — very different in fact.
We hope that you’ll listen to this episode. It’s the story of myself, and my brother Ryan, growing up in small town Mississippi. As we got older, one of us found his place in church, while the other didn’t; He found acceptance amongst his peers who weren’t always the best influence…
Are you a parent or expect to be one one of these days?…
It’s easy to worry about them… Are you raising them in church? What do you expect their lives will be? How will you protect them from making the wrong choices, getting into drugs, what are the warning signs that they are heading towards the deep end?
Maybe you’re a parent with a child … and you can see them moving down a similar path-… but you have no idea what’s up or down, or what’s next… Maybe you’re the person going through this and you don’t know the way out… I’m not saying my mom’s words will be enough, but maybe they will give you some comfort and peace, even at least to know that you’re not the only one walking through this…
I don’t know if this episode of PROJECT: Faith Journey will answer all of those questions for you, but maybe by us telling this story, you’ll clue in on some things that we can all do better as parents. Often the best advice is to begin 1st by listening to your kids… And if you are or know someone who is walking, or has walked, through some of these life choices we’re going to discuss, know that you are not alone. There is hope.
Let me encourage you with this.
Whether you yourself are going through a similar situation or know someone who is, know that we can have hope.
When the person walking through this…
- sees it for what it is
- decides to make a change
- allows God to be part of that difference, and
- they find accountability to walk this through
- …there is hope.
Luke 1:37 reminds us that nothing is impossible with God.
Paul, in Romans 12, says to rejoice in our confident hope, be patient in trouble and keep on praying. You know, these sufferings are hard, and not easy.
Another passage from Romans says that we should, through all things, find a way to rejoice when we we run into problems and trials. Why? Because these issues, to which we should remember that nothing is impossible with God, they help us develop endurance, and endurance develops strength, and strength into character, and character strengthens our confident hope in Christ.
Frankly, not all life decisions end well, but we can know that God is for us, he loves us deeply, wants the best for us.
Choose to allow God in, allow God to show us the way, choose better decisions, make our paths straight and back on the right track again. Share your thoughts about this post on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
Music in this episode was contributed by Kevin Macleod.