How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:9-16 ESV
It is a fearful ordeal that every young man and woman has to face, as he or she steps across the dividing boundary between childhood and youth, when parental authority is weakened, and the leading-strings are loosened, and the young swimmer is as it were cut away from the buoys, and has to battle with the waves alone. Alexander MacLaren
I knew better
When I was young I loved to goof of always looking for a ways to have fun. I did things in my life when I was younger that I can say now I am not proud of. I hurt people that loved me always looking for ways to better myself ignoring what I knew was right. Then I hit the stage where girls caught my eye and I can say temptation is a hard thing to fight. We live in a world that teaches us to always do what makes one happy no matter the price. Women, drugs, alcohol, fast cars you name it if there was something that would make me feel some kind of rush/enjoyment I would check it out. I was not raised to be that way as a child I had to be in the house every day to read the bible and spend time with my family in God’s word. I knew better then to do some of the things that I was doing but because of things that happened throughout my childhood I thought there was a better way. I dismissed those teachings I had learned and felt to find that better way. Needless to say there was not; if I had just listened to the teachings that I had read in the bible there sure would have been less hurt and a lot fewer scars. I had the word in my heart I just did everything I could not to access it, I know now that if I had listened to the guide that God gave me, the bible, life would have had fewer obstacles to over come.
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