“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good» (Romans 12:21).
I LIVED FOR MANY YEARS near a railroad station. The train went through the city twice a day.
The routine was the same as today: Traffic lights indicated that the train’s arrival was near and the whistle from a distance broke the silence, warning drivers and pedestrians that they had to be careful. Even with these warnings, accidents were frequent; automobiles were hit just because some people ignored the directions established by the authorities in order to protect the lives of citizens. It is strange that with the passing of the years, the same accidents kept happening.
Beating the train andand living on the edge seems to be appealing to many people.
The one who defiantly faces danger isn’t brave; the brave is the one who moves away as much as possible to avoid destruction. Being prudent and careful, remaining far from danger is an intelligent attitude. Prevention puts us in safety in a way that we no longer have to take unnecessary risks. Voluntary exposure to harmful influences, believing that he or she has enough self-will to resist, is a very dangerous attitude.
A youthful environment where promiscuity and the consumption of alcohol and drugs abound will force you to please the majority in order to feel accepted. Suggestions from a boyfriend to be alone and to get involved in intimacies of a sexual nature can lead to the end of your dreams, aspirations, and goals. Don’t put yourself on the edge of danger; if you do, you run the risk of giving in to it.
Social networks are captivating and grabbing you. The wish to have many friends leads you to relate with bad people. Pornography isn’t an innocent pastime; it’s a vice that ends your moral integrity and drags you into sinful habits. Gods’ advice is: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good» (Romans 12:21).
Cultivate trusting friendships, make good use of your time, use what is good without going to excess, laugh at innocent jokes, talk about topics that edify your character, read more books, watch less television, and stay away from people who want to use you to satisfy their selfish desires.
In summary remember always who you are and act like it.