No, I am not talking about drinking alcohol or using drugs to give you a high. What I am talking about is using your brain and to recognize that each of us possess a true gift from God, our body which is a temple of God’s perfection. There is an old saying: Abuse it and lose it.
Here is a challenge for those who look at life with so little value that you kick the ass out of your body with such distain by following the crowd, feeling the need to fear the peer pressure of youth. You are incapable of saying NO and often you get this from your parental guidance that seems to prevail among the liberalized society in which we live; from a school system that promotes social poppycock of things like putting a “c” on a “cuke” while ignoring the purpose of what a school and education is meant for–to educate young minds and prepare them for a bright future in pursuing the joys of work, love, marriage, children and experiencing the spiritual foundation of whatever your faith and religious beliefs happen to be. Today you are under the gun of druggies at school who want to use them to control the exuberance of youth, of turning the body of students into a zombie-like state where the mind is programmed to fit the dictates of a system that turns out kids who can’t learn, whose moral values are tainted by the cheating on tests and where little time is used to study and teachers teach to get high marks on tests as seen as part of a breakdown in the “No Child Left Behind” program. Kids get pushed along who lack reading skill and reading comprehension of what they do read. Too often teachers cater to a few at the expense of many who simply fall into categories of “Why bother with them. I don’t have time.” Unfortunately, teachers do find themselves stressed for any number of reasons largely the result of kids in the classroom whose behavior disrupts lessons or kids who fail to turn in their assignments or lose their books or where schools lack the money for books requiring a sharing that is unacceptable. In some cases teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for the classroom. Student attitude would go a long way in correcting these shortcomings.
Life is no bowl of cherries. Each student and teacher as well administrators, parents and society in general that have come to experience and accept substandard conditions despite the fact that America spends more on education than any other nation in the world with less results in achievement is very sad indeed. The elite throws money at problems often with a shortsighted and misinformed purpose. No wonder the results are so dismal.
As a chessplayer who has in his own life discovered the benefits of the game for critical thought, apply some of the principles combined with others (Biblical teachings and history) learned in daily life is why this column is devoted within the theme of “chess”. For those who think it belongs elsewhere, maybe. But read on.
Yes, drugs are a cop out and used within our social environment for all sorts of reasons and purpose. But think; put on your thinking cap and ignore those who believe that it is just a phase one goes through. Really? Well, if you use drugs or contemplate doing so to be with the “in crowd” you are fast shortchanging yourself. What do I mean.
Life is a joy; yes, it is not a bowl of cherries but it is a wonderful experience if you secure for yourself the foundation of faith, taking responsibility and thinking before you leap into something that is told will toxify your body and void the holy spirit within your personal temple. There is great joy in living life to the full and to use a series of building blocks to acquire a foundation that no evil can tarnish in character.
What are these building blocks? Time is the key word and it is applied this way: TIME TO WORSHIP, TIME TO PLAY, TIME TO WORK, TIME TO THINK, TIME TO LOVE, TIME TO DREAM, TIME TO LAUGH, TIME TO PLAN, AND TIME FOR ENJOYING THINGS BEAUTIFUL, TIME FOR GOOD HEALTH GOALS, TIME FOR BEING HELPFUL AND TIME FOR FELLOWSHIP AND FRIENDS.
Each of these reflect the price you pay for success, to experience a spiritual power, to feel a good sense of youth and challenge, of finding a source of happiness, of singing, music and humorous activity, of sensing the beauty all round you, of dreams that expand among the clouds and stars, and experiencing the expanding horizons of knowledge and purpose.
You want to experience a HIGH?? The snort or puff is a wide road to ruin and dispair. I truly believe that Satan exists and tempts the unwary and lax youth who is ever in search of instant and self gratifications. The Lord’s road is like a path upon which his donkey transported him along his journey. It is narrow and winding but the Lord knew exactly his destination. Do you have a destination? I hope you do. I hope you use your chess skills learned along with the building blocks of life’s lessons to prevail. Your house is a temple. Don’t abuse it. Keep it holy and your spirit will dwell within forever.