What's it going to cost you?
To listen to what God's trying to teach you that is.
Our culture tells us that it's not cool to follow God. That living a "religious fanatic" lifestyle isn't hip, up-to-date or culturally relevant.
The point being?
If you live in 2009, and you try to follow God, you'll probably go through some persecution for your faith.
Needless to say, the result of this is that many teens turn away.
What happens to them?
Well, I think they learn the high cost of not listening. What's it going to cost you for God to get your attention? How much are you willing to pay?
It's been said that pain is God's megaphone--that He'll drill and hammer at our lives until He gets through to our hearts.
Now does that mean that all pain is because we've done something wrong? By no means! But pain is how God speaks to us--teaches us, molds us, crafts us, and ultimately--uses us. Rather than punishment--it's discipline, teaching and mentoring from a Father who cares sooo much about us--He can't stand to lose us.
The point is, pain has purpose. And if you haven't been listening--tune in. He might just have something to tell you.