For Your Information

(copied from YOUTH WORKERS’ UPDATE – Spring 1993)

Why Kids Drink

Billions of dollars are spent by the alcohol industry to promote alcohol use. Yet when asked why teens drink, the media finished toward the bottom as to why teens drink. The reasons in descending order:

70% schoolmates' and friends drinking
48% parents' drinking
29% desire to be grown-up
14% siblings'/relatives' drinking
12% seeing drinking on TV
10% desire for prestige
8% advertising
2%       don't know

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In the latest Who's Who Among American High School Students survey the teens gave their views on their priorities and their future plans. Students say the following are very important to them:

Getting a good education 91%
Being happily married 77%
Helping others 64%
Spending time with family 58%
Being financially successful 55%
Being a member of a church 36%
Participating in the political system       23%
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Seven Things You Never Regret

1. Feeling reverence for your maker.
2. Showing kindness to an aged person.
3. Destroying a letter written in anger.
4. Offering the apology that saves a friendship.
5. Stopping a scandal that could wreck a reputation.
6. Taking time to show loved ones consideration.
7. Accepting the judgment of God on any question.


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Martin Luther in the sixteenth century said, "1 am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God becomes corrupt."

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This is maturity: To be able to have money without coveting it; to be able to bear an injustice without retaliating; to be able to do one's duty even when one is not watched; to be able to keep on the job until it is finished; to be able to accept criticism without resentment.

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A Visit

One day I rang a doorbell
In a casual sort of way;
'Twas not a formal visit
And there wasn't much to say.

I don't remember what I said --
It matters not, I guess --
But I found a heart in hunger,
A soul in deep distress.

He said I came from heaven,
And I've often wondered why;
He said I came to see him
When no other help was nigh.

It meant so little to me
To knock at a stranger's door,
But it meant heaven to him
And God's peace forevermore.

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John Wesley: "When I was young, I was sure of everything. In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present, I am hardly sure of anything except that God lives."

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America is changing from a nation of youth to a nation of grandparents, thanks to declines in births and deaths. The 1990 census counted 31 million people age 65 and older. Government projections indicate that the group could reach 68 million or more by the middle of the next century.

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I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.