It is said that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago but the next best time is today. Young people have an opportunity to make important choices to affect their life for the better that they won’t regret not making twenty years from now. Start today to make the change you will appreciate in your future.
Starting today I will…
Pay attention during my Bible class and during the sermon. I realize that my Bible class teachers and the preacher have worked hard to prepare lessons to help me grow closer to God and to be a better person. I also realize that God’s word is able to make me wise so that I can make good decisions and live the best possible life on earth. I also know that by learning God’s word I will be able to obey Him and have eternal salvation (2 Timothy 3:15).
I will not play or write notes to friends during class or the sermon. I will tell my friends that I am trying to pay attention to the teacher or preacher and encourage them to do the same. If they play so much that I cannot listen, I will find another place to sit and play with my friends later.
I will turn to the Bible verses during the class and sermon. I may take notes on what the preacher says so that I can remember what was taught because I know I will need it in the future. I will honor God by listening.
Be a good example to those who are younger than me. I realize that no matter how old or young I am, there are people who look up to me. If I say “no” to something bad, maybe they will have the courage to say “no” as well. I want to live like Jesus did and that means being a good example. I do not want to cause someone to do wrong or to stumble.
Be more respectful to my parents and other adults. I will not think that my opinion is so important that I must interrupt their conversation to speak my mind but will spend more time listening and learning. I will respect my parents by obeying them since God put them in charge of the family and has commanded me to obey them. I will also pray for them.
Make sure that I do not start using bad language. When I was young I remember a bully in our neighborhood tried to teach other kids filthy words. Bad language does not please God or make us look older. Colossians 3:8 tells us to put away filthy language. We should never speak words that are unkind or hateful. Think before you speak: would Jesus say this?
There are many other habits one can begin but this are a few to start with. Always strive to be like Jesus…starting today.