God is pushed out of the lives of so many of today’s children. Schoolteachers consciously avoid mentioning Him. On TV and in many homes His commandments are blatantly violated. Schedules are packed with nonreligious activities. You cannot remove all the opposition that distracts this generation from living for God. But you can demonstrate that Christians are to stand firm and give themselves fully to Him.
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For our generation it was bellbottoms, crazy daisies and long hair. How we must have driven our parents and teachers crazy. When’s the last time you found a picture of yourself from way back when and wondered, “What was I thinking?” Preteens today are no different. They have their styles and fashions, their favorite stores and designers and they are all trying to be unique as they dress to look just like everyone else their age.
“I want to be a Christian,” said the little girl at VBS. “Well then, Miriam,” I began as we sat down together. “What do you think you have to do to become a Christian?” “Jesus did it,” she said with no hesitation. “I just have to accept it—like an I-love-you gift.”
Do you ever struggle with an attitude that is far from wonderful? We all do. Keeping in check our emotions, feelings, problems—all those elements that can add up to a bad attitude—is pretty difficult some days. God knows how hard it is, but He also knows how important it is for us to have a Christ-like attitude.
Becky hasn’t slept in weeks due to aftershocks of a scary earthquake. Joshua hides in a closet during thunderstorms since his house was struck by lightning. Sarah’s grandmother died in Hurricane Harvey and she wonders why bad things happen to good people.