This is a message that I preached in chapel to help our students prepare for the summer months. The principles in it would be good for all of us.
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Don’t sleep in!
Have a daily walk with God.
Be faithful in church attendance.
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
- 10 minutes a day of talk and text
- Never use in a room alone
- Never use a cell phone to call the opposite gender
- Give it to your parents every night by 10:00 p.m.
- Don’t take it to camp
- Don’t bring it into church!
- Give it to your parents permanently if you stumble
Never watch TV without supervision.
Don’t access a computer without supervision.
Don’t access the internet without a safeguard.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Attend everything—Sunday school, morning service, evening service, midweek service, youth activities, camp—everything!
Develop a walk with God.
Determine how much Bible reading and prayer you will do each day.
- Use 3x5 cards
- Work on the verses you know
Serve on a bus route; get involved!
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Read at least one book this summer!
Learn something new.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Get a job!
Learn to work!
Save 80% of each paycheck.
Set goals in this area.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Don’t date as a teenager.
Enjoy your family!