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Six Questions Of Life For Young People
By David J. Riggs

(1) What kind of son or daughter shall I be? The world says, "You are only young once so enjoy it in every way you can." This is easy for most to accept because they want freedom from restraint. However, the Bible says, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth..." (Eccl. 12:1). Young people should be obedient (Eph. 6:1-3) and have due consideration for their parents (Prov. 10:1; 17:20, 25). Parents are not as some think-just old fogies trying to keep them from having a good time-but are mature and experienced in many of life's problems. It is wise for young people to heed their advice (Prov. 13:1).

(2) What kind of character shall I develop? "A good name is better than precious ointment" (Eccl. 7:1). "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour than silver and gold" (Prov. 22:1). It takes no planting, watering, or cultivating to grow weeds, nor does it take effort to grow worthless character. Careful attention and diligent effort are required for noble character. Young people, strive to build a good reputation by purity and godliness and by being an example to the believers (1 Tim. 4:12).

(3) Whom shall I choose as my associates? "Be not deceived: Evil companionship corrupt good morals" (1 Cor. 15:33). The counterpart of this is also true. Good companionships promote good morals. Young people should avoid the crowd that drinks, dances, tells dirty stories, uses curse words, and laughs at people who attend services.

(4) What will be my life's occupation? Much depends on the answer of this question. In far too many instances, too much emphasis is placed on money. One must be careful to choose an occupation that is honorable and legitimate. Dishonest gains and get rich quick schemes must be avoided. This may mean a smaller income; however, "Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith" (Prov. 15:16) and "Butter is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right" (Prov. 16:8).

(5) Whom shall I marry? If there is ever a place for clear minds and true ideals, it is in marriage. God's laws must be understood and heeded (Matt. 5:32; 19:9). Marriage is for life (Rom. 7:2-3; 1 Cor. 7:39). The best advice that I can give to young people in choosing a mate is, "Marry a Christian." Marry someone that will encourage you in the way of salvation. If that boy or girl cannot be converted before marriage, they probably will never be, and problems are only multiplied when children come along.

(6) What shall I do with my life in relation to God? If you have never obeyed the gospel, you should answer, "Shall I become a Christian?" Jesus said, "Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed..." (Luke 9:26). If you are already a Christian, you should answer, "Shall I remain faithful?" Jesus said, "He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Matt. 24:12-13)

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