Hey, loyal readers!! Ya’ll are the best! I haven’t published anything on this blog in a month, yet you are continuing to ask when I’ll be back on it because you miss my writing! Thanks so much, everyone! Let me explain my absence a bit.
First off, I road tripped to San Antonio and Fredericksburg, Tx earlier this summer (as shown in above pics). It was a blast! We visited the Admiral Nimitz and Pacific War Museum….And oh my goodness! It was the best thing I’ve ever seen on vacation! It was packed full of interactive exhibits, loads of information to read and so much history we couldn’t see it all in one day.
Second, I’ve become much more immersed into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes lately…As you probably can tell if you know me or follow me on Instagram. ^_^
Lastly, my 10th grade year started in August…And let’s just say that I have NOT figured out how to balance out my life yet……:D OOps.
ANYWAY, I’ve got a couple guest blog posts coming up from The Modern Abolitionist’s contributing authors, PLUS a blog series from my Jiu-Jitsu Professor/Executive Pastor/former Navy SEAL/cousin, which I’m pretty excited about. Stay tuned for that!
Now for my thought:
This past month has been challenging for me….I am realizing how unbelievably lacking in daily discipline I am-so I am resolved to fix it! The little things that we push aside…Probably the things that seem insignificant…Those are the times our true character is revealed!
Take making your bed, for example. The percentage of teenagers who wake up and immediately roll out of bed and pull their covers up is probably VERY SMALL. But that shouldn’t be the case at all. Don’t put it off.
Oh, and waking up on time, BY YOURSELF. Not hitting the snooze five times or relying on your mom to get you out the door. Again, these are things that I had to change, most people do NOT have this habit drilled into them when they’re young.
The young years is the perfect season of life to refine yourself, and allow God to refine you.
Eat healthy, exercise, practice self-discipline, read solid books, don’t waste your life on the internet and TV, grow your mind, memorize Scripture, start a business, save money, make disciples, be a friend, love those who are hard to love, work on and invest in your relationships with family and with God, be mentored, resolve every day to change the world for the glory of the Lord.
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”
Colossians 4:5-6 “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
1 Timothy 6:11 “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”
Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season reap eternal life.”
Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”
Proverbs 1:8-9 “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”
Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Titus 2:12 “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Don’t keep telling yourself you’ll work on your faults as an adult. What you do as a young person, you do will do as a grown person. Don’t live for yourself. Don’t waste time, the days are short.