Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Honest Freedom A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Honest Freedom A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

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We can learn from the mistakes that other people make. And what happens when you yourself don't do what's right is something you rarely forget. Let me give you an example.

I had just turned 16 and finally had my driver's license. I couldn't wait to drive my parents' car by myself. I got their OK to go see my friend Sandy across town - and to go "nowhere else." I said I'd be back in time for dinner.

But Sandy had just left the day before, to be a camp counselor up in the mountains not too far away. I wrestled back and forth with thoughts of driving to see her, although my mom had clearly told me not to go anywhere but to Sandy's house. But what could it hurt, I decided, if I still got back in time for dinner? Nobody would ever know. (Big mistake!) Before I go any further, let me tell you that I knew (in my heart) that it was wrong to betray my parents' trust in me. God was clearly telling me to do the right thing. The truthful thing. God is Truth itself. But I didn't listen. God is always guiding us all to do what is right, but it is up to each of us to obey. I didn't follow God's guidance that day. I drove into the mountains. And that's when the trouble started. The camp was really much farther away than I had thought. Not having a watch, I lost track of the time. When I finally got there, I saw my friend with a group of campers. She came over to the fence to see me, but told me she had to take the kids back to the main camp or she'd get in trouble. So I never even got to show her the car. By then it was getting dark. I started to drive home. Guess what happened? I got a flat tire. By the time someone passed by who promised to call my folks, it was darker. At 2 a.m. they finally arrived to help me. No one was happy, I can tell you. They had really been worried. I felt awful. And I can assure you I was not allowed to drive for a long, long time. The whole thing was a big bust. At Sunday School, one of the things I had learned (and now was going to pay much more attention to! …

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