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Challenges of life for all, especially the young

Some of the most important choices of life must include:

Faith: Having and maintaining the proper relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Regular Bible study, daily Bible reading and prayer, and devotion to God will help you have a growing faith, which will guide your pathways and lead you as you go on through life.

Being active in a Bible-believing Church will help you to have solid friendships. Your faith will help you continue to develop character and integrity.

Choosing your life's work and preparing well. Consider the area where you want to work carefully, for this is where you will spend most of your time and effort. Think about your happiness and your opportunity to help others, about your family and how your choice might affect your parents, sister, brother, future wife and children. Ask yourself how your chosen field of work will bring true success. Will you have sufficient time for your loved ones and enough income to support them?

Choosing your life-mate -- your wife/husband and friend with whom you will spend the rest of your life, and who will share your success and happiness, your satisfactions, and your finest achievements in life. Be sure he/she is a fine Christian, who shares your dreams and desires.

Goals: Be sure to use both short- and long-term goals to plan your future. It is better to look sincerely and practically at where you want to go in life, and set definite goals to help you achieve your desires and accomplishments, than to look back over your life and think you should have done better.

Look at your progress often, and adjust your goals as necessary. Always choose challenging and realistic goals that will guide your actions and lead you to success.

Manage your finances well and be careful of your debts. Keep a good budget and stick to it. Remember, "If you can't afford it, don't buy it!" Invest regularly, even in small amounts and let your funds earn compound interest. Join a good investment club as early as you can and you will not have to worry about your retirement, for you will be able to finance your own.

Finally, as you go off to college, you will encounter new ideas and philosophies. Evaluate them carefully by the high standards of Christ. A good question to help you is, "What would Christ do?"

Before you allow worldly advice and counsel to affect your life, seek the wise counsel of God in prayer. I challenge you with King David's charge to Solomon in 1st Kings 2:2a-4a. "So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: walk in His ways, and keep His decrees and commands, His laws and requirements, as written -- so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go."

So Solomon prayed for a discerning heart and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, and the Lord granted his request. May God bless you!