I think everyone has things in their life that they regret, as well as things that they are very glad that happened to them. Luckily, for most of you reading this, you haven’t had many years under your belt to make bad decisions or develop bad traits! So take this list as advice from someone who is a little older than you (not by much), and please apply it if need be.
Study Your Bible on Your Own
My parents did a fantastic job of studying with us when we were younger and on into high school. I would most likely be safe in assuming that my Bible knowledge was pretty good for someone in high school. It was easy to let myself fall into the thinking of, “Well I’ve already studied my Bible once today that should be plenty.” I enjoyed my studies with my family, but it was sometimes difficult to develop my own personal study habits. And that responsibility rested solely on my own shoulders. The Bible says, “Be diligent (study) to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing (handling) the word of truth” (1 Timothy 2:15). We need to know the Scriptures and know how to use them and apply them to our lives. How will we be able to do that unless we study the book to know what God wants from our lives?
Listen to and Trust Your Parents
I am blessed with parents who love me and want the best for me and my soul. Because of that, I didn’t always receive the answer I wanted. Maybe I wanted to go with my friends to see a movie that I knew was questionable at best, my parents would not allow me to go. They knew that as a Christian, I didn't need to go see that movie. Of course, this would make me somewhat angry at times. Later, after I had cooled down, I would think about it, and I would agree that I didn’t need to see that movie. God has given a command to parents to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). This applies even when we may not exactly agree with the way we are being trained, as long as our parents are trying to raise us in a Godly manner. God also has a command for us as children to follow, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth”” (Ephesians 6:1-3). Guys and gals, listen to and obey your parents. In my experience, they do actually know what they're talking about, and they really do have your best interests at heart.
Learn to Serve
Being a servant is a foundational principle of being a faithful Christian. The Bible says, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2). We are to be servants of Christ, not servants of ourselves, not making everyone else be the servant, YOU are a servant. I’m thankful that my parents taught me that we should serve others, even when it may not be the most pleasant thing to do. I obviously still have a tremendous amount of work to do in this area, but I know what God expects from me.
If we all make the commitment to better ourselves in these areas, think how much better off the cause of Christ would be. There is nothing in this world more important than being a faithful child of God. Although we will stumble at times, we must repent of our sins, and keep pressing forward. Learn to fight against temptation, and to stay away from sin. Follow what the Bible has to say, and you will be a faithful Christian.
By: Jameson Steward, GBNTV.org