Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to listen to many stories.
They were moving to say the very least. I would like to share some of these stories, good and bad. When we take the time to listen, there is much to be heard and hopefully learned.
A teenage boy was going through a rough time.
His parents were divorcing and he was left home alone most of the time. He felt very sad and depressed; he met some new kids hanging out downtown one summer. The kids were very nice to him and welcomed him into their group. These kids were into drugs but always accepted the fact that he would decline. They’d ask him to ride around with them and would even roll the windows down when they would “smoke”.
Eventually he decided to try it out, this was a very happy group and isn’t that what he wanted? To be happy?
Well one thing led to another and he found himself enjoying being happy.
He also helped other people when they needed to find happiness.
One day when he was feeling particularly happy, he came home and told his sister how happy he was and asked her if she would like to be happy to. His sister declined, but waited for quite some time. Eventually, she told her mother about her brothers happiness.
Their mother was devastated, how could this have happened? She was a strong Christian woman.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
As I listened to this woman I realized, she had surrounded herself with good people, but failed to see the importance in doing the same for her family.
I would like to encourage all of you to help your loved ones to surround themselves with Godly people; do not allow them to get “hooked on happiness”.