When I was a little boy, if there was something I really really wanted to do, I might tell my parents “but everybody else gets to do it”. And it didn’t take long to find out they wouldn’t fall for it. They’d just answer me with something like, “Well, if everybody else got to jump off a cliff, would you want to?” Or they might say, “If everybody else got to play in a fire, would you want to?” What they were showing me was…it’s usually not a good idea to be like everybody else.
As you grow up (and hopefully wiser) you find out the crowd usually isn’t going somewhere good. In fact, most people are usually going someplace God doesn’t want you to go. And they don’t care what God wants. But you SHOULD care because God knows what’s best for you.
Your Creator made you a certain way. He knows how to keep your mind and your body working smoothly. And if and when you decide to do things His way, you can avoid some bad mistakes everybody else makes.
But if you’d rather be like everybody else, God won’t yell at you. Or put you in time-out. Or even send you to bed without dinner. He’ll let you make your own mistakes. Then He’ll be there for you to turn to and talk to. But there’s a place in the Bible where it says God DOES get mad and punishes everybody who disobeys Him their who lives. Don’t be one of those.
God’s love is stronger than anything. He proved that with His Son, Jesus. So, get to know Jesus and be more like Him each day. And don’t be like everybody else who’d rather jump off a cliff. Here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
If you wanna be like everybody else
Who play with fire and never love the Lord,
You’ll find yourself, like everybody else,
Without His love in a place forever bored.