Summer Camp Staff Manual - Devotions

Runnin' Scared
The Real Thing
Death Trap at the Border
Throw Straws Against the Wind
The Big Lie
Animals Just Wanna Have Fun!
No Ambulances in Heaven
The High Cost of Status
Free from the Web
A Second Wind from God
Looking Back
Watch Out for Worthless Things
Contagious Actions
Living Out Your Faith

Runnin' Scared

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 NASB

Harvey was the result of my ninth grade biology teacher’s helping me, preserve, and stuff a little brown rabbit. (A neighbour had spotted it in his lettuce patch and sadly, shot it) I stuffed Harvey with his front and back legs extended, as if he were having a relaxing nap on his bulging tummy. I soon discovered Harvey’s tummy bulge made him smoothly plane across a waxed lino floor when given a quick shove. Boy, Harvey could really travel!

My roommate, Nancy, and I had a friend whom we nicknamed Scaredy-cat Stacey. When I bought Harvey back to the girls’ dormitory to show Nancy (always a willing partner in crime), we immediately hatched a plan.

Later that evening, after the dean had turned the room lights out, we sneaked into Stacey’s dormitory room and started telling a made up story about giant killer rats overrunning a farm. Over the side of Stacey’s bed my dangling foot searched out the hidden Harvey and administered a swift kick. It sent him racing like an ice skater across the waxed floor.

What was that?” gasped Stacey, hyperventilating.
What was what?” I asked, trying to sound innocent but choking back a laugh.
It looked like a giant killer rat!” she moaned.
It must have been your imagination,” said Nancy, sending Harvey back in my direction.

Then I screamed because suddenly Harvey did look like a giant killer rat. That did it! Stacey was out the door, screeching all the way to the dean’s office. Of course, Nancy and I quickly made things right with Stacey- and the dean. And I felt extra stupid for getting scared of my own stuffed rabbit!

A characteristic of His that God wants to share with us is fearlessness. He told Moses, Joshua, Rahab, David, the 12 disciples- and us- to: ”fear not:” He knew that in this life we would meet a lot of “Harvey’s”- both real and imagined. And if He’s willing to give us His kingdom, don’t you think He’s also willing to give us His courage when we ask for it?

Taken from Eye-Openers, by Jim Feldbush, Nancy Beck Ireland and Carolyn Rathbun-Sutton

The Real Thing

“Watch out that you are not deceived.” Luke 21:8 NIV

Designer labels have become a big deal in this country for many teens. Some people will pay big bucks to be able to wear a pair of jeans with a designers label stitched on to the waistband.

Observers in other countries have noticed our fascination with designer labels, and do you know what? They’ve figured out a way to make a fast buck off you and me if we’re into designer cloths. In fact, this foreign scam is such a big business that the Public Broadcasting System recently ran a special on how we’re getting ripped off.

It seems that certain clothing stores in Australia are selling jeans with Levi and Guess labels. But they are jeans that neither the Levi Strauss or Guess factories ever produced. Markets are selling fake designer clothes that are being passed off as the real thing! And the clothing industry is losing billions of dollars every year. Phoney marketers in Asia are doing the same thing with CD’s and videos.

The PBS commentator stated that because of fakes being substituted for the real thing, the United States is being pushed out of the world market.

The first sad story in the Bible tells about Eve being deceived by the devil, who was disguised as a serpent. He led her to believe that his fake “label” was real. She was deceived in to believing a fake was the real thing.

“You won’t die if you eat of this tree’s fruit,” he promised her, even though God had just told the opposite. Satan would have succeeded in squeezing God out of the ‘market’ if Jesus hadn’t come to this earth to show us how to tell the fake from the real.

You can read how our Lord met each of the devil’s counterfeit offers with the real thing- truth from God’s Word (see Matthew 4: 1-11).

What’s really scary about being deceived is that people often don’t know they have a fake until it’s too late. And fake things- whether it’s fake designer jeans or fake friendship- just don’t last too long.

God’s ‘real thing,’ however, lasts- forever.

Taken from Eye-Openers, by Jim Feldbush, Nancy Beck Ireland and Carolyn Rathbun-Sutton

Death Trap at the Border

For he rescues you from every trap. Psalm 91:3 TLB

“Halt!” The soldier in camouflage clothing stepped from the Congolese underbrush onto the dirt road, the bayonet of his gun pointed toward our windshield. “What’s your business?” he asked gruffly, fingering the trigger.

“My daughter and I are on our way to Kampala to purchase supplies for our mis­sion station,” my dad answered calmly.

“I wish we’d made this trip 24 hours ago like we’d planned!” I said fearfully, after the soldier finally let us continue.

“Well,” answered my dad, “if only this car hadn’t had battery trouble we would have been through here yesterday.”

After being allowed through the Congo side of the border with out much problem, we drove the two miles through “no man’s land” before reaching the Ugandan border barrier.

A very astonished guard exclaimed, “Are you coming from Congo? How did you get through? Wasn’t the place over there crawling with rebel soldiers?”

Other border guards quickly gathered around, obviously expecting us to relate an exciting story. We told them about one soldier who’d stopped us at gunpoint.

“That’s all? Just one?” asked the guard. “That’s amazing, considering what hap­pened yesterday.”

“What happened yesterday?” Dad asked.

“Why, a whole band of renegade Congolese soldiers came out of the jungle and took over these border stations. There was a lot of looting, a lot of shooting, and at least one person was killed. Anyone driving through during that time would have been robbed, at the very least.”

“And,” added another, “very likely killed!”

Whoa, I thought, and shuddered. Although the car battery’s going dead made it seem as if our trip was being ruined, God knew what was happening here at the border. By allowing that dead battery problem to arise, He probably saved our lives.

King David wrote that God rescues us from traps (Psalm 91.3 TLB).

A dead car battery was evidently God’s way of providing for our safety the day He “rescued” us from a death trap at the border.

Taken from Eye-Openers, by Jim Feldbush, Nancy Beck Ireland and Carolyn Rathbun-Sutton

Throw Straws Against the Wind

In a land where the king had to honour every request, two men requested the hand of a princess in marriage. She was a beautiful maiden, and old enough for mar­riage, but her wise father asked what her wishes were regarding these men.

“I don’t wish to marry either one of them,” the princess replied.

“Very well. Then I will give them an impossible task to do before they can win your hand in marriage.”

On the appointed day of the challenge the entire town turned out to see if either man would win the hand of the princess. “Hear ye, hear ye!” the crier called out. “To the man who can throw straws against the wind will go the hand of the prin­cess.”

“But that’s impossible!” the men objected.

“Then forfeit the challenge and accept the inevitable,” the king replied. “You can no more have my daughter than you can sweep back the ocean with a broom or throw straws into the wind.”

What are some straws you find yourself throwing into the wind, maybe some impos­sible things you try to make yourself believe? A common straw is the mistaken belief that you can please everybody and that nobody will ever disagree with you if you’re “nice” enough. If you believe that, then you’ll believe you can throw straws against the wind. Never to offend someone is the most hopeless job there is. Even Jesus offended some people sometimes just because he differed with them.

Can you expect to be any different? It helps if you “agree to disagree,” but it still may make somebody take offence. If it’s a moral decision, however, the person who gets angry over your decision to be a moral person is not a true friend. Don’t let them make you stumble. What does Psalm 119:165 say about living by God’s rules?

Those who love your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble (TLB) Put God first.

Taken from Eye-Openers, by Jim Feldbush, Nancy Beck Ireland and Carolyn Rathbun-Sutton

The Big Lie

They acted with complete honesty. 2 Kings 12:15 NIV

You’ve probably heard the old saying “Honesty is the best policy”.

Once you start telling ties, you have to remember which lie you told so that you don’t contradict yourself. It seems that when a person starts telling lies, they just get deeper and deeper.

There was a pharaoh who once told a lie, and people believed it for thousands of years. Pharaoh Ramses II didn’t like the fact that his army had been defeated in the Battle Kadesh about 1285 B.C. The pharaoh didn’t like to lose battles, so instead of admitting that his army had been whipped, he built a memorial to let everyone know that he had “won” the battle. I suppose many people knew the Egyptians had actually lost, but after a while all those who knew that died, and the monument lasted. For thousands of years after that people believed the pharaoh’s army had won the Battle of Kadesh.

Recently archaeologists had discovered that Pharaoh Ramses II had lied and that historians had believed his fib all these years. I wonder what else the pharaoh lied about? I’m not sure I could believe anything the king said. You see, when you tell a lie, people lose confidence in the things you say. Your reputation becomes soiled. People have a hard time believing you.

I suppose the pharaoh thought he was doing a good thing. Maybe he thought it would make his country look great. In reality, it made his country look bad.

Make it your policy always to tell the truth. It may not be easy at times, but people will believe you when you say things if they know you have a reputation of always being honest. God has always been honest with us. We know we can trust what His Word says because He’s never lied. Ask Him to give you the courage to be totally trustworthy, and build your own monument to honesty.

Taken from Eye-Openers, by Jim Feldbush, Nancy Beck Ireland and Carolyn Rathbun-Sutton

Animals Just Wanna Have Fun!

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice… Let the sea roar, and… let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. 1 Chronicles 16:32

“Oh, no!” thought W.H Hudson, as four large pumas stealthily approached his sleeping bag. They’re going to kill and eat me!

Camping under the starry skies of the Argentine pampas, the English naturalist waited in silence. Then one puma raced toward him, leaped, and landed on the other side of him before prancing like a kitten. The second one bounded over the top of him and started tussling with the first. The huge felines continued to leap over him, playing hide and seek around his breathless form until they tired of the game and walked off into the darkness.

American naturalist Enos Mills once saw a black bear club climb into an open bar­rel, tumble it over, and then roll himself down the mountain.

At the Amsterdam Zoo onlookers once watched a young hippo entertain himself for hours by swimming under a maple leaf and then blowing it in the air and watching it come back to the water.

African explorer Carl Akeley once watched a group of young elephants play “soc­cer” with a large ball of sun-baked mud for a distance of half a mile.

Sometimes flocks of rooks will fly high together, and then press their wings against their bodies and “skydive” toward the earth, opening their wings at the last minute to avoid a hard landing. Birdwatchers have seen this behaviour time and time again.

Seagull watchers at the Hudson River once observed a group of gulls sitting on a bridge railing, appearing to wait for small vessels to pass by. When one came, the gulls would land on it for a “free ride” under the bridge. Then- with much calling and excitement- they flew back up to the bridge railing to await a ship coming from the other direction.

And it’s a known fact that deer play tag and hide-and-seek.

It seems that God gave animals a special desire to play and have fun.

He certainly put that desire in us too, didn’t He? So maybe that tells us a little bit more about what He’s like- what do you think?

Taken from Eye-Openers, by Jim Feldbush, Nancy Beck Ireland and Carolyn Rathbun-Sutton

No Ambulances in Heaven

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Revelation 14:13

The siren nearly broke my eardrums. My 7 year old brother and I exchanged frightened glances as we sat beside the ambulance gurney holding our bruised and bleeding mother. She kept trying to smile at us despite the apple-sized purple welt on the side of her face. We were all in shock as the ambulance raced us towards hospital.

“There’s Donovan’s house!” my brother exclaimed, suddenly coming to life. “He’d be surprised if he knew we were in this ambulance!”

Donovan, a classmate of mine, was 9 and a half, just a little younger than I.

“Our car was broadsided by a drunk driver at a country intersection,” Mother told the doctor at the hospital, as he checked her over. She had a broken collarbone and a badly bruised shoulder. My brother and I had some ugly bruises, but that was all. Dad was well enough to ride to the hospital in the police car.

I finally had the courage to ask, “How’s Grandma?”

No one answered my question, She’d been in the back seat with my brother and me. But when we’d all been thrown out (those were the days before seatbelts), she, being heavier than us kids, had fallen into the ditch. Our crumbled car had rolled on top of her.

A couple of hours later a family friend broke the news to my brother and me. “Your sweet Grandma is dead. She was killed instantly and never knew what happened. But she’s asleep in Jesus now, so she can never feel pain again.”

The next few days we all hurt so bad. Dad kept saying, “Time will heal our hurt.” Mum kept saying, “Jesus will bring Grandma back to life oneday.”

Well, I hurt real bad for a while. I missed my grandma so much she’d lived with our family since before I was born. But dad was right- after some time passed, I didn’t hurt so much.

But most important, Mum was right. Jesus will come back to resurrect Grandma, who died loving Him with all her heart. When angels bring her up out of her grave, I’m going to be the first one running into her arms (that is, if my little brother doesn’t get a head start).

Something else that makes me as glad is this: God won’t need any ambulances in Heaven.

Taken from Eye-Openers, by Jim Feldbush, Nancy Beck Ireland and Carolyn Rathbun-Sutton

The High Cost of Status

Wise people act in keeping with the knowledge they have. But foolish people show how foolish they are. Proverbs 13.16 NIV

Car maintenance? What does that have to do with simple living for teenagers? A lot, because even if you don’t own a car yet, you will eventually. The kind of car you buy, and the degree of maintenance it requires, can make a big difference when it comes to a lifestyle of simplicity.

The Bible, of course, doesn’t mention cars. But it says a great deal about the way you spend your time and your money- and the way you indulge in worldly pursuits. Like nothing else, the kind of car a teen drives can represent his or her indulgence in worldly pursuits- because to some people a really cool car represents the ultimate teenage status symbol.

That status symbol, though, comes at a steep price. The cooler the car, the more costly it may be to buy, maintain, and insure, and the more likely it is to be stolen or “keyed”. Its owner easily becomes its slave, worrying over every little sound and every little scratch that might make it somewhat less than cool.

But could a car- even a “cool” one- possibly be a sign of your status in God’s eyes? You know the answer to that one. So, that being the case, it makes little sense to burden yourself with unnecessary expense and excessive upkeep of more car than you need. A car suited to your needs and your budget contributes to your well-be­ing; anything else is a drain on your time and energy and serves to complicate rather then simplify your life.

Living a life of simplicity often requires reordering the way you think about things and that can mean viewing things in terms of their basic purpose. Learn to think of a car as a means of getting from here to there- basic transportation. Others may complicate their lives with their costly status symbols, but you don’t have to. Your commitment to a simplified lifestyle means that your less flashy but more reliable car will give you fewer headaches and more time to enjoy the one life God has given you.

One Final Thought
God wants you to give careful thought to the way you spend your time and your money.

What does Luke 12:13-15 & Titus 2:12 say about this subject?

Taken from Simple Living for Teens by Inspiro Publishing

Free from the Web

Here is what people who belong to this world do. They try to satisfy what their sinful natures want to do. They long for what their sinful eyes look at. They brag about what they have and what they do. All this comes from the world. It doesn’t come from the Father. 1 John 2:16 NIV

Do you dream in HTML? Do you stare at the computer screen in disbelief when your e-mail program declares, “No new messages”? Do you think “@” is the middle name of your friends? If those questions sound familiar, you’ve probably read them- where else?- on the Internet.

Numerous sites poke fun at people who spend too much time on the Internet. You may have seen some of the humorous tests and top-ten lists. But spending too much time on the Internet is no laughing matter. It can have serious and disturbing conse­quences in your life. The medium that helps simplify the lives of many who use it can complicate the lives of those who abuse it.

You can readily see how dependence on this medium runs counter to the way God wants you to live. The problem is not the Internet itself; the problems is the potential for online activity to become a substitute for life itself- and for God. Even if you restrict your Internet use to wholesome sites, you can deceive yourself into thinking that the people you know through online Bible studies and Christian chat rooms are really your friends or that the time you spend surfing Christian Web Sites is time spent with God. Both are deceptions. The anonymity you and others have on the Internet creates even greater opportunities for deception.

If you believe this may be a problem for you, seek help.

Turn to God first in repentance, asking him to forgive you for placing the Internet above him and the very real relationships you have in your very real life. Then seek help elsewhere, from a pastor or other trusted adult. Of course there’s plenty of help on the Internet, but you might want to have your counsellor check out those resources. Or you may want to stay away from online activity altogether until your priorities are in order.

Have confidence that when you moderate your Internet activities, you’ll experience freedom from “needing” to surf the Net.

One Final Thought
God has promised you a life of freedom. That’s the truth- and it’s the truth that sets you free.

Ephesians 6:10-13 (read it) What armour piece do you need to put on? Why?

Taken from Simple Living for Teens by Inspiro Publishing

A Second Wind from God

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31 NIV

Have you ever prayed for something for so long that you felt as if you were running a marathon? You’re totally energized at first and refreshed along the way like a run­ner whose thirst is quenched by periodic sips of cool water. But at some point you hit the proverbial wall, the place that marathon runners describe as the make-or-break point. Fail to push through the wall and the race is lost; make it through, and the finish line is as good as yours. You made it through!

Unlike a marathon runner, you don’t need to rely on your own willpower and strength to push through the spiritual wall you’re facing. The key to making it through is handing over your faith to the one who promises to strengthen and en­courage you. Trying to break through in your own strength is pointless; God wants you to forget yourself and remember him, along with every promise he has made to see you through. He wants to give it up- not your faith in him, but your faith in your own ability to endure.

“Spiritual striving”- the intense and unnecessary effort you make to please God and grow as a believer- wastes energy and turns simple faith into a complicated and often rigid set of religious activities. The resulting fatigue makes any wall you face seem insurmountable. Striving can also deceive you into thinking that the answer to your prayer depends on you- you must pray harder, faster, longer, read more Scripture. Unless God has clearly led you to do those things, you are placing your faith in your activities instead of God. He alone can provide the second wind you need to keep believing.

Give your striving to God. Write down your requests, your concerns, your hopes- and consciously give them to God. Trust him to provide the answer in his time and his way. Patiently await the answer, but keep your focus on God and our relationship with him. He promised to renew your strength when you feel your faith begin to falter. When God renews your strength, you can have confidence that you will make it to the finish line.

One Final Thought
God’s second wind provides all the spiritual energy you need to keep believing that He will answer your prayers.

How can we apply Hebrews 10: 35-39 in our lives today?

Taken from Simple Living for Teens by Inspiro Publishing

Looking Back

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Psalm 77:11

You’ve grown up in a world of rapidly changing technology. You’ve come to an­ticipate significant changes in communications, computers, and the entertainment media. You look to see what’s ahead before you invest in a gadget that will be obsolete in a few months, and you realize that technology has become so complex that even buying it is now complicated. There’s always something more advanced on the horizon.

All that forward thinking threatens to make the past seem, well, passé, and not just in the field of technology. In so many aspects of contemporary life, people believe that if something is not new, it is not relevant. But that’s hardly a twenty-first-century phenomenon, because thousands of years ago God had to remind the Israelites that they needed to remember the past- the history they had as a nation and the history of their relationship with him. He knew that would strengthen their faith by remembering past events- particularly the many times God performed miracles on their behalf and spared them from destruction. What’s more, if they applied the lessons they learned to their present situation, they could avoid a great deal of sin, misery, and heartache.

When you understand all that God has done for you and for people throughout his­tory, you are better equipped to recognize His activity in your life and in society right now. You will know you can trust him, because you know how he has come through for you and for other people in the past. When you apply the lessons he has taught you in the past to your present circumstances, you avoid making the same mistakes all over again, and that leads to a simpler life.

You can still look forward to the future. Just remember also to look back at what God has done for you. Look at what He did for the Israelites in the Old Testament and the early church in the New Testament. Learn from what you read and what you have experienced with God, and allow your faith to gain strength as a result.

One Final Thought
By looking at what went on before, you can better understand what is and what will be.

Read Psalms 105: 1-5 what particularly spoke to you?

Taken from Simple Living for Teens by Inspiro Publishing

Watch Out for Worthless Things

Think carefully about what you hear, Jesus said. Mark 4:24 NIV

Quick- without passing judgement on yourself- how much time each day do you estimate you spend on the phone? What do you talk about? Can you estimate the time you spend watching TV or videos? What kind of shows or movies do you gen­erally watch? Maybe you feel you handle your time on the phone or in front of the TV responsibly. Even so, if you are like most Americans, both young and old, you probably spend a fair amount of time in those pursuits. While there’s nothing wrong with either one, both have the potential to complicate your life in a number of ways.

There is, of course, the issue of time. People often spend so much time in idle con­versation on the phone or in watching pointless TV that they often end up scram­bling around to get things done so that they can start the whole process over again the following day. Time is not the only issue, however. At least as important for you as a believer is what you talk about on the phone and what you watch on television.

Proverbs 10:19 says that “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Long, rambling phone conversations provide that perfect medium for sin to flourish in. It’s all too easy to stray into negative areas like spreading gossip and betraying confidences. With relevance for TV and videos, the Bible frequently admonishes God’s people to keep their eyes from” worthless things” you can watch in the space of just one hour.

Any time you do things that are pleasing to God, you remove the complication of potential sin from your life. Keep your mouth and ears free from the potential sin that long conversations on the telephone can lead you into. Keep your eyes and ears pure by radically restricting the type and amount of TV you watch. Remember that your time and your right relationship with God are much too important to waste. Give careful attention to both.

One Final Thought
Weigh the worth of the activities you pursue, and watch out for worthless invest­ments for your time and interest.

Read Psalms 101: 1,2-4 & Psalms 119: 37. How can we apply these principles in our lives today?

Taken from Simple Living for Teens by Inspiro Publishing

Contagious Actions

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:13 NIV

Think about all the ways people have been kind to you recently. Those acts of kind­ness really stand out in your memory, don’t they? One reason is that genuine acts of kindness- those that carry no conditions or expectation of return- are so rare, and yet these simple acts make life so much better. Wouldn’t you like to spread the sort of kindness around? There’s nothing complicated about it. You can perform both little and big acts of kindness in a day out by developing a heart of compas­sion and a sensitivity to the opportunities for kindness that God provides for you. Focusing on others frees you from worrying about yourself and helps you to use time more productively.

You can’t read the Bible, especially the New Testament, for very long without com­ing across a story, passage, or verse that expresses the importance God places on relationships and the way you treat other people. Kindness is a particular important trait, because it’s one of those qualities that can be used to bless complete strang­ers- even in secrecy and anonymity. You can do kind things to people you don’t even know, or without them ever finding out who performed the act of kindness. As you use your time in kindness to others, you will also simplify your life by eliminating less productive activities.

Is someone in your church struggling to make ends meet? Ask your parents if you can put together a bag of groceries for the church to deliver to the family anony­mously. Is a friend going through a rough time but isn’t ready to talk about it? Send a card to let her know someone cares about what she is going through.

You can show kindness in countless ways. Ask God to give you some ideas for how you can be a blessing through regular acts of kindness.

It’s often said that kindness is contagious, and your own experience has prob­ably proven that to be true. If someone let you go in front of him in the lunch line one day, you are much more likely to do the same for a fellow classmate on the following day. Be proactive when it comes to kindness; be an example of kind and compassionate behaviour to those around you. Most of all, let them see how the love of Christ permeates every kind act you perform.

One Final Thought
Your positive actions will have positive consequences in the lives of others.

Read Galatians 5:22-23. Which fruit do you need today?

Taken from Simple Living for Teens by Inspiro Publishing

Living Out Your Faith

In all things you yourself must be an example of good behaviour. Titus 2:7 GNT

What do your classmates see when they look at you? If your life is dedicated to pleasing and serving God, people will know it. Make no mistake about it: When people know you are a believer, they are watching you! They want to see if you live a life consistent with your faith- a joy-filled existence in which you trust God and treat other people well.

Throughout the Bible, God admonishes his people to be an example to those around them. In the Old Testament, the Lord wanted Israelites’ faith to show the surrounding cultures the power of God and the fruit of living a life consistent with his law. In the New Testament, God encouraged believers to serve as an example of godly freedom to the Jewish, Greek and Roman cultures in which they lived. You can be sure that God wants you to do the same: Be an example of authentic Chris­tian living- simple, honest, loving, faithful- for the culture in which you live.

Does that mean you have to be perfect? No. It means you have to live in such a way that people see the victory you have in Christ as you go through the same struggles, problems, and difficulties that they experience. In witnessing your simple faith that God will see you through, they can experience the hope that the same faith is available to them as well.

Be transparent when it comes to your faith- live out your faith in an authentic way, telling what God has done for you, how God restores your faith when it begins to falter, even how God came through just when you were about to give up. People will appreciate your honesty and openness, and your example will enable them to see a real person with real struggles who has learned to rely on a real God.

Being an example is being yourself in the context of a life wholly devoted to God. Being an example is living a life consistent with what you believe. You need not worry about whether you are setting the right example as long as you are walking in obedience to him. Living your life honestly makes your life simpler because you don’t have to hide, pretend, or decide what to do or say in tough situations.

One Final Thought
A life of open faith in God can have a profound effect on your family, your friends, and your classmates.

Read Psalms 71: 7- 8, 14-15 & 1 Corinthians 11:1. How is your life on example?

Taken from Simple Living for Teens by Inspiro Publishing