Dave Short

Chicago, Illinois

National director of Campus Alpha, part of the Alpha Course



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Let's Keep Rollerblading!

"He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left."
-2 Chronicles 34:2


When my son Jordan was 16, he, like a lot of young men his age, set out to find a job. At first, he did not have much luck. But early one Saturday morning, he and his younger brother Joshua went rollerblading in our little town. While they were rolling along, they both saw a painting contractor come out of his house and get into his company van. The boys rounded the corner and continued on for another 50 yards before Jordan turned to Joshua and said, "I feel like I should go back and talk with that guy." Joshua was slightly annoyed. "Jordan, don’t go back there," he responded. "Let’s rollerblade!" But Jordan persisted. He really felt like the Lord wanted him to go back. Frustrated, Joshua sat down on the curb. He told Jordan he would wait there for him to return. After a long time had elapsed, Josh decided to get up and see what was taking Jordan so long. He was surprised to find that the man had made an offer to Jordan. "This guy has given me a job, Josh! Just yesterday he put an ad in the paper looking for help. I also found out he’s a Christian." If Jordan had been persuaded to continue rollerblading, he would have missed out on this unexpected answer to prayer. 

Judges 21:25 says, "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes." It is so easy to do what is right in our own eyes, or to be swayed to do what is right in the eyes of our professors or peers. But as followers of Christ we must make the kind of choices Josiah did as a young man and do what is "right in the eyes of the Lord."

Are you placing more value on being popular than on doing what you know is right in God’s eyes? Are you going to be controlled by those who are blinded by Satan and can’t see the truth? Someone once said, "God doesn’t make winners or losers, just choosers." As Christians, we have the freedom to make right choices based on His Word and His guidance. Hosea, the Old Testament prophet, said, "For the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous will WALK in them."

-How should we "walk" or live?  (see Prov. 10:9; 13:20; Micah 6:8;1 John 1:6,7;2 John 4,6)

-What should be our guide for activities not directly addressed in the Bible? (1 Cor. 6:12, 20)

-In 1 John 2:3 & 4, what does obeying the Word of God prove?

-What should characterize our obedience? (Psalm 40:8; Isaiah 26:8)

-The Holy Spirit enables the believer to lead an obedient, Christ-centered life. It is the Spirit’s power that helps us to do what is right. What does Jesus say about the Holy Spirit? (John 14:26; John 16:1)

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