Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Homecoming Week: Wednesday, September 28

Not only is  II Timothy 2:22:  an easy verse to remember, it speaks directly to the temptations of underage drinking that youth face today:  "Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." 

Tim Tebow is a quarterback for the Denver Broncos.  As a college quarterback he was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. While it's usually not a good idea to take media/athletic celebrities and use them as examples, Tebow is an exception.  Recently I came across a great insight he had on resisting the temptation of drugs and alcohol:

"Some guys also seem to think that it's impossible to resist temptation.  I've found  - as in other areas - that if I've already thought through a situation and have a response prepared ahead of time in the event temptation rears its ugly head, it is that much easier to resist.  Of course, staying away from situations and questionable areas whenever possible, where I know there may be temptations, is an even better solution."

Unfortunately, Homecoming may be one of those times where you find yourself in a situation that demands a response you have prepared ahead of time.  Don't let the emotions of the moment influence you to make decisions you know are not part of God's plan for your life.  Example encourages you to enjoy Spirit Week, Powder Puff, the soccer game, the football game, the face paint, the visiting alumni, the dance and the fun with friends after the dance.  As Homecoming approaches, Example also encourages you to think about how you will make God-pleasing decisions during all of those great experiences.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.     Isaiah 41:10