What Do You Want In Life?

James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

There are somethings in life that are certain. They are ABSOLUTE. They never change. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. 2 plus 2 always equals 4. McDonald’s
hamburgers will never look as good in real life as they do on the picture. Everyone eventually dies. You cannot stop getting older. If you throw something in the air, it will come back down. SOME things are just certain.

Here is something else that is certain in life: the path you choose will determine where you go in life. Life is made up of choices. You cannot choose where you are born, how you grow up, who you grow up with, or the financial well-being of your parents.

You can choose what you do TODAY. Get this statement: Everything you do today is an investment in who you will be tomorrow. What do you want in life? Do you want Happiness, Health, Success, Character, and Peace? Or do you want Misery, Selfishness, Poverty, Hatred, and Unrest?

Do you want a family that loves and supports each other? Or do you want to go through several different relationships that are filled with heartache, selfishness, deceit, and an unstable home life?

The Bible says in Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

What you put in is what you get out. The people who complain about their minimum wage, burger-flipping job but didn’t have the character to finish high school deserve the situation that they are in. The guy who never shows up to work on time and has the lowest efficiency doesn’t deserve and probably will never get the promotion. The student who works hard, studies, and doesn’t stay out and party should not be surprised when they see an increase in their GPA and eventually walk across the platform to graduate.

Teenager, my challenge is this: There are two ways you can choose in life: The broad way (way of the world), and the narrow way (way of Christ). Those two ways are mentioned in Matthew 7:13-14, but there are many other verses that talk about the way of the wicked and the way of the Lord. Study them out in your Bible. Look up the words “path, way, and walk” in the Bible. Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. While you study, put the way of the wicked on one side and the way of the Lord on the other! Then decide which way you think is best! WHAT DO YOU WANT IN LIFE?

James Young

YP | Open Door Baptist Church

Lima, OH