The summer of 2007 will go down in history, at least for me. Not only was it the summer that Barry Bonds made the headlines with a baseball bat, but it was also the summer of “more bad news.” Let me explain.
My life seemed fairly simple as a kid. Then I started middle school.
Everything changed: my body, my desires, my thoughts, and my attention. I had always thought girls were gross. Then all of a sudden, they were all I could think about. And I wasn’t alone. My guy friends were going through a similar metamorphosis—so were all the girls we secretly dreamed about. This led to a new form of entertainment: relationships.
If Jesus really is our Master, Boss, Lord, King, God, and Teacher, then shouldn't we learn everything we possibly can by observing His life? The answer is, of course, yes. But we often stop short in our observation. Or maybe it is the application of what we observe that we struggle with. Here is what I mean...
A good attitude is hard to find when I'm exhausted, frustrated, or things aren’t going my way. I wasn’t naturally hard-wired with a lot of patience or perserverance. I’ve had to learn them.
I’m sure we’d all love to sail smoothly through life, all the time, and in every circumstance. But you and I both know that’s not going to happen. We'll encounter rough waters. We’ll encounter impossible, unavoidable and uncontrollable situations. We can either whine, gripe and become victims, or learn to suffer well.
Because I speak to so many people, lots of them ask me questions about things I preach about. While I hear some odd and interesting questions at times, the majority of the questions people ask me are variations of the same sort of things.
I always answer these questions patiently, honestly and biblically, but I must confess I sometimes grow weary of hearing people ask me for permission to sin, because at the root of these questions is often a desire to flirt with wickedness, not glorify God. I am not a legalist (far from it), but I must notice the motivation in my own heart when I begin looking for ways to justify behavior that may be wrong, sinful, unwise, or harmful to my testimony or the name of Christ.