Ah, the teenage years. I feel like it was just yesterday that I embarked on those never-forget years of being a teenager. There were many memories made during my teen years: high school, heading off to college, first time to Disney World (I know, I was robbed in my childhood), and sports. There is one landmark event that occurs at sweet sixteen that just about all of us can relate to – driving!
I remember when I first got my driver’s license. It was a sunny morning and I carefully backed out of my driveway. As I was heading down the road, I glanced down to find my watch in the center console, then BAM! The car slammed into the side of the curb, jumping over the sidewalk, causing a popped tire on a brand-new Nissan Altima. I learned a very valuable lesson that day: “No matter how skilled (or in my case, unskilled) you are at driving, never take your eyes off the road!”
The teen years are tough, but they can be some of the most fun years of life! Much like driving, life has its surprises. Just as we pulled out that manual to study for our driver’s test, we can consult a manual for life – the Bible. Below are three basic tips you can find in both the driver’s manual and the manual for life.
Tip #1 – Check Your Surroundings
Adjust those rear-view mirrors, put your seatbelt on, look both ways – these are just a few necessities to make sure are in place before taking the car out of park. If we are not careful, we can get careless with checking our surroundings and end up in a trap. We can become unaware of our surroundings in everyday life and cause some deep heartache. Take a close look at your friends, your hobbies, and other things that you like to do in your free time and think to yourself, would this be something that is a true representation of me? Do I want to be like that? If we are not careful, our surroundings can become obstacles, and they can destroy us just like the curb destroyed my tire.
Tip #2 – Obey the Traffic Signs
Much like speed limit signs and traffic signals that help us maintain safety on the road, authority figures such as parents, coaches, teachers, counselors, and pastors are there to help guide us through life. Tip number two is to obey those authority figures. Like traffic signs, these various authorities have been placed in our lives by God to help us grow and mature properly. Believe it or not, these authorities do know what they are talking about.
Tip #3 – Always be Alert!
The third and final tip in driving down the road of life is ALWAYS be alert! Don’t be like me and get so comfortable with driving that you neglect to do the most basic thing – keep your eyes on the road! The Bible talks about the devil as being like a roaring lion looking for the next unsuspecting person to devour. Keep your eyes focused on the road. Don’t get sidetracked by the “lures of the world” and end up hurting yourself or someone else. Surround yourself with people who love you and want the best for you, but most important, look to God to be your ultimate guide in life.
We hope to see you at a youth activity sometime! Check us out at youthablaze.us where you will find a list of our meetings, activities, photos, and an explanation of what we are all about.Article by Brandon Joyner Youth Director at Valley Forge Baptist