Joining the Club

Caleb is 8 and a member of our local congregation.  One day at school he had a conversation that went a little something like this:

Classmate:  “Hey, Caleb.  Wanna join our club?”

Caleb:  “Sure!”

Classmate:  “Okay, you have to say every swear word you know.”

Caleb:  “I don’t want to join your stupid club!!!”

And Caleb stomped off sad and disappointed.  Often, joining a club or “following the crowd” helps us to feel accepted, but at what cost?  It takes courage to stand up.  Often when when stand up we stand alone.

I grew up in a home where I was encouraged at an early age to ‘Say No’ to many things my parents knew we would be exposed to in later years.  In addition to smoking and drugs (D.A.R.E), I committed to not drink tea, coffee, or alcohol; substances that are addictive and can harm our bodies.  Swearing was one thing I didn’t want to do.  Or have immoral relationships before marriage.  Because of these choices, sometimes I was made fun of, but I knew the reward would be great if I didn’t give in.  Now, I am far from being ‘practically perfect in every way’, but I was able to avoid many situations where my morals and standards could have been compromised.   Many of those I went to school with struggled, and the repercussions often affected more than just the next day.  Some are still dealing with the consequences long after graduating high school.

I know many of the choices we make have eternal influence even when they may seem small and insignificant.  At the time, it was sometimes devastating to be laughed at and left out, but looking back–it was worth it.  It’s been 5 years since I’ve graduated high school, and many people have come back to thank me for my example.  I ‘believe in being an example in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity’ (1 Timothy 4:12).  So does this boy.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Bonnie on March 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for your thoughts. Character building and body building — same same. Use it or lose it. I’ll keep reading your blog. You have a good message.


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