Friday, November 12, 2010

daily text 11/12

Friday, November 12th, 2010
"Look! My own servants will cry out joyfully because of the good condition of the heart, but you yourselves will make outcries because of the pain of heart" (Isaiah 65:14)

Are you a youth in Jehovah's organization? If so, you may be a special target of Satan's attempts to undermine Jehovah's authority. "The desires incidental to youth" coupled with pressure from your peers may incline you to conclude that God's laws are burdensome. (2 Timothy 2:22) Do not let that happen. Strive to see the wisdom of God's standards. For example, the Bible tells you to "flee from fornication." (1 Corinthians 6:18) Ask yourself: 'Why is that command wise? How will obedience in this matter benefit me?' You may know some who ignored God's counsel and then paid a heavy price for that error. Are they really happy now? Do they have a better life than the one they enjoyed in association with Jehovah's organization? Have they really found some secret to happiness that the rest of God's servants have missed?
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 3:11)

I've finally lived long enough to have actually seen for myself the truth of this Scripture. Every person I've ever known throughout my life whose left Jehovah has gone downhill and regressed in many ways. (even if "on the surface" they appear to be successful or having fun). Because it always seems like a facade...like they're not happy unless they're continually surrounded by some sort of external stimuli or pleasure pursuit. They seem to have a void they can't fill, so they start becoming more and more unbalanced and self-absorbed when it comes to recreation, entertainment, alcohol, material possessions, their relationships, their careers, etc. On the other hand, those who've left the congregation and come back are *noticeably* happier and seem to have alot more joy & inner peace. (even when they don't have "ideal" circumstances in their life).