Five More Minutes


While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground.

“That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.

“He’s a fine looking boy,” the man said. “That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.”

Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?”

Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes!”

The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”

Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes!”

The man smiled and said, “OK.”

“My, you certainly are a patient father!” the woman responded.

The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa.

She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get five more minutes to watch her play.”

~Author Unknown

Life is all about making priorities, what are your priorities, teen girl? Your parents and siblings may not be there tomorrow. Give someone you love 5 more minutes of your time today!

 

In His Time


~Eccl. 3:11 “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:…”

While meditating on today’s verse and picture, I began to see the work that the Holy Spirit had begun in my life almost 31 years ago. When I first heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ (John 3:16, II Corinthians 9:15, Ephesians 2:8-9), I received a huge dose of salvation 🙂 My life totally changed (II Corinthians 5:17)! I was so grateful for the forgiveness of sin that I had received because I had sinned much. 😦 Christ gave Himself for me and I am so unworthy. I remember wondering what I could do to say thank you to the One who had given me life! All He wanted was me!!

The butterfly didn’t start out beautiful, now did it, teen girl? In fact, once the egg hatches, it is a larva; then it grows into a caterpillar; and lastly forms a cocoon called the pupa stage. (That’s your lesson in science for the day :-)) We all know that there’s a wonderful metamorphosis that takes place inside that cocoon! This is how I see myself. I was born into this world as a larva (bear with me :-)). As I grew up, I went from one branch to another (my daily life before salvation), but diligently plodding along. I get to a point when I am so spiritually dead, I’m like a cocoon. I am self absorbed and not caring about anything around me. In my “cocoon” stage, the Holy Spirit begins to stir my heart with the word of God through a diligent soul winner or a message at church. When the word of God penetrates my cocoon heart and I confess my sin and repent from my wicked ways, the cocoon breaks open and I start to spread my wings in my new-found salvation – I am a beautiful butterfly (2 Cor. 5:17 – a new creature)!

~Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I once read that it takes about ten days for a butterfly to come out of its cocoon and finally spread its wings. The good work that the Holy Spirit has begun in us at salvation, will continue until the day we meet Christ face-to-face. But what amazed me is that the ‘not so pretty’ moth goes through the same stages! No offense to the moth 🙂 but it just does not have the daintiness of the butterfly. I liken the drabby brown moth’s appearance to the Christian who has quenched the Holy Spirit and has not lived for others as the Lord encourages us to do in His Word.

~Colossians 1:10-11 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

The colors of spiritual fruitfulness in good works, Bible reading and studying, patience, longsuffering and joy begin to unfold and form a beautiful butterfly. When we finally stand before Christ, we can present to Him a beautiful butterfly!!! 🙂 Once the works of wood and stubble are burned, (I Corinthians 3:11-15) I wonder how many moths we’ll see in Heaven? As well, once the works of gold and silver are tried, I wonder how many of us will be beautiful butterflies? I definitely want to be able to present to my Lord those beautiful works of gold and silver reflected in the Monarch butterfly! I want to be able to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”! (Matthew 25:21)

What a wonderful opportunity we have! We have God’s wondrous creation to use as “lessons in life” to teach others His precious word!

~Eccl. 3:11 “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:…”

 

God Doesn’t Change


~Malachi 3:6a For I am the LORD, I change not;

The same God who created the heavens and the earth is the same God who will judge mankind at the end. The sins of the Old Testament are still considered sin in the New Testament. As well, they are still sin today. Don’t fool yourself, teen girl.

~Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

If you think that God winks at sin, you’re sadly mistaken. The problem with most Christian teens today is that they think they can get away with their lies and deceit. But God sees everything and He does not change. He still considers lying a sin. Think on these things, teen girl.

Changes


~Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Since the day of your salvation, teen girl, have you changed from your old ways? Are you finding your friends not so attractive? Are you finding your sins offensive to God? Do you find yourself thinking about Christ and what He did for you on the cross? Are you more aware of your sin? Does your sin bother you? The Bible says in this verse that at the time of salvation, when you are “in Christ,” you are a new creature. Your old life and sinful ways pass away and your life is made new. You now have a desire for spiritual things. If you do not see these changes in your own personal life, teen girl, then something is not right. You may have spoken all the right words to accept Christ’s salvation and His work on the cross, but your heart may not have been sincere. There’s a difference. Jesus said,

~Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

There are many who profess Christianity but not so many possess true salvation. How can you know for sure? 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that you will be different – you will think differently – you will want to be different. You won’t be changed overnight, but little by little you will find that you are very different from the day you first were saved.

~Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Teen girl, many people are walking this earth thinking that they have said the right prayer or lived the right life or are a member of the right church. But Matthew 7:13-14 says that FEW will find the way that leads to eternal life. Are you certain you have? Don’t wait until it is too late. Find out now!

“What we mean by salvation is this—deliverance from the love of sin, rescue from the habit of sin, setting free from the desire to sin.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Grumblings


~Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Can you imagine what your life would be like if everyone followed these verses?  The world laughs at Christians today because it sees them bickering, fighting amongst themselves, backbiting.  What difference is there between you and the world, then, teen girl?  Others do not see a light – they see your fruits of darkness.  That should not be so.

Instead, you should be doing everything without murmurings and disputings so this evil world could see the light of Christ shining through you.  Your lost friends at school may never open a Bible but they can see Christ through you if you do not follow their footsteps and argue about everything.

What exactly are murmurings and disputings?  Today’s understanding would be grumblings and arguments.  How many times have you done something for your parents and they did not recognize you for it?  Did you grumble about it?  Did it matter to you?  How many times have you argued with them because you did not agree with their opinion?  One grumble or argument isn’t much.  But what happens is that “one” sets the heart into that mode and then grumbling and arguing become easier.  It then becomes a way of life… it becomes a habit. At that point, you argue with your parents for the sake of arguing. Hopefully, your parents have punished you for doing so. But if your parents aren’t saved, then God needs to do the teaching and punishing.

The saved teen girl who is guilty of this is not growing in the Spirit.  The spirit-filled teen girl is allowing the Holy Spirit to access her life and control it.  The Holy Spirit would not be the author of grumbling and arguing.  How can you get out of this mode and into a spiritual mode once again?  Prayer and Bible reading!  If you are praying for others, praying for the Church, praying that you can be the light of the world, praying for salvation of your lost friends and family, you are not busy grumbling and arguing.  Prayer changes our hearts and puts you in an attitude of gratitude.  A grateful heart does not grumble or argue… they do not go hand in hand.

If you are guilty of this sin, teen girl, ask your parents’ forgiveness and strive to yield yourself to the Holy Spirit’s guidance 🙂

“Ten minutes praying is better than a year’s murmuring.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Burdens


~Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

There have been times that I have been at the end of my rope and felt that the only thing left to do was to give it to the Lord. When I stopped to think about it, that should have been the very first thing I should have done instead of waiting until I was so stressed and upset. The Bible tells us that when we cast our burdens upon the Lord, He will take care of us. Furthermore, He promises that we won’t be shaken by our circumstances.  How wonderful to have this comfort and assurance in time of need!

You’ve been there, haven’t you, teen girl? I’m sure I can’t be the only one person – wondering why God allowed a certain plan to fall through when, in my eyes, it seemed perfect. However, in the end, we find out that His plan was much better! What a beautiful picture it is indeed – taking your cares and burdens and turning them over to the Lord because His shoulders were quite capable of taking the load. Turn your cares and burdens over to the Lord, teen girl. You’ll be glad you did!

Thank You, Lord, for taking them on!

“Our Heavenly Father never takes anything from His children unless He means to give them something better.” – George Muller

Separation


~Romans 16:17-18  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

What have we been taught in the Scriptures?

  • Jesus is God – John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Jesus was born of a virgin – Mathew 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
  • Jesus died on the cross for our sins – 1 John 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  • Jesus rose from the dead – 1 Corinthians 15:20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
  • Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father – Colossians 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
  • Jesus is the only way to Heaven – John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  • We must be born again to go to Heaven – John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Who, then, are those that cause division contrary to the doctrine learned from the Scriptures?  Study the Word for yourself, teen girl, and find out who preaches/teaches things different from the Bible!  Then avoid them!  Even though they are close friends, they will mislead you. Teens tend to believe other teens and this can be dangerous. Those who are not basing what they believe on the Bible appear as sheep but are ravenous wolves!  I was raised roman catholic.  I was taught that there was more to salvation than just the Bible.  If your religion or your friends teach this as well, open your eyes for yourself teen girl, and read the Word to find the truth!