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Young people, the consequences of many decisions you make during your teen-age years will follow you throughout life. There is nothing wrong with having a good time and enjoying yourselves, but be careful not to take lightly those things of a serious nature. Relationships – with friends, the opposite sex, and especially with God – are of the utmost importance. Making decisions that will draw you closer to God will ultimately bring you more happiness in this life.

When dating, don’t settle for someone who is not a Christian. The standards you set for yourself are much easier to keep when the person you are dating has the same morals and goals. You will never regret keeping your virginity until marriage.

And when the time comes for marriage, be careful to marry into a good family. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are not marrying the family, because you do become a part of your mate’s family. Learn to love them and build a special relationship with them.

Build a solid Christian home. Marry for life and bring your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Give them the stability of two loving and devoted Christian parents.

Sound easy? It’s not. God never promised it would be. But He did promise the rewards – both now and hereafter – will be worth the effort.

Consider some tragedies that can be avoided by putting Christ first in your life and by making decisions based upon His word: out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, home torn apart by divorce, children raised in a one-parent home. Sort of puts things into perspective, doesn’t it? Those little everyday decisions may not be so little, after all.

Begin now to make responsible decisions. Put Christ on the throne in your heart and keep Him there. Live for Him now, and live with Him eternally.

Dale Grissom






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