Almost everyone has heard the cliché “Don’t do drugs.” But I’m going to tell you something else.
Don’t try drugs.
The curiosity in young people looking for an experimental adventure or a way to escape pain and stress functions as a game of Russian roulette.
Just trying narcotics one time is equivalent to putting one round in the chamber and spinning it wildly before placing it up to your skull to pull the trigger.
Trying drugs once doesn’t automatically destroy the lives of everyone who tries them, but it’s not worth the gamble of your life and the lives of innocent others.
Unlike the horrific game of Russian roulette, drugs might not kill you on the first try but instead slowly lead you down a path of long suffering as demonic spirits take over your mind and trade your ambitious opportunities for a lifestyle of destruction to yourself and to all of those around you—doing the most harm to those who love you the most.
Despite how you feel, there are people who love you.
And for sure, God loves you.
He is closer than the air your breath.
And his plans for you are greater than any narcotic could ever be.
We live in a society where people abuse the anonymity of the internet to share the hate and fear that dwells deep within them. The words typed out and thumbed from their keyboards really come from their broken and empty hearts.
They are weak people using strong words.
And their gain? Nothing, except a darker world for them to live in.
What if you made a commitment to only use your words to bring life?
What if every word that came from your mouth for the rest of your life was used for building people up?
Healing and reconciliation would happen.
Your friends would be many. Your legacy would be great.
You have the opportunity to start this today. You can be the person who walks into an early Monday morning and sincerely says, “Today is a good day.”
You can be the person who says to the failure, “I still believe in you.”
Use your words to bring forth life. Have your bright eyes pierce through the downtrodden insecurities of others as your encouraging words illuminate their souls.
Change your world with your words—every single little word.
When people think about meditation, they often think about yoga or some sort of new age spirituality where people meditate to clear their minds of everything. As Christians we don’t meditate to think about nothing but to think about truth—Jesus. We are called to the practice of daily meditation upon the Word of God.
It may be challenging to have a daily in-depth Bible study where you look up the original Hebrew and Greek with several commentaries laid out all over your desk, so here’s a practical strategy for younger people to get into the habit of opening your Bible everyday.
Search online for a good source to get a list of the top Bible verses to memorize. Print them out. Every morning start your day with looking up one verse. Mark it up in your Bible—make it messy. Read the verses that come before and after it. Then deeply think about what it means.
This is meditation.
Continue to think about it all day.
Hide it in your heart.
A lifetime of this practice will grow into a powerful spiritual discipline and branch out into other areas of your life as well.