End of Vacation

Source : http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=9206...

Jack sat on the porch steps, one arm propping up his chin, the other poking at the snow with a stick. When his mother opened the door to call him in for lunch, she noticed his glum mood. "Problems, Son?" she asked. "What's wrong?"

"Nothing, I guess," Jack mumbled. He put down the stick and went inside.

Mom placed corn dogs and chips on the table and poured hot chocolate. "It's a beautiful day," she said after they thanked God for their food. "You have several Christmas gifts to enjoy and to keep you busy, and school is out for a few more days. But you don't look happy, so I know there must be something wrong."

"It's just that . . . well, Christmas vacation is almost over," replied Jack. "School starts next week, and I haven't gotten anything done."

"What do you mean?" asked Mom. "What didn't you get done?"

"I was going to finish my model ship and learn how to ski during vacation," said Jack. "I was going to surprise Dad by cleaning the garage and vacuuming the car. I was even planning to shovel Mrs. Patten's walks and driveway for free, but I never got around to it. She ended up hiring someone." He sighed loudly as he dragged his corn dog through a glob of ketchup.

Mom nodded. "I understand how you feel," she said. "I've often felt that way myself--lots of people do when they realize how much time they've wasted. But we don't have to keep fretting over it. Instead, we should do something about it."

"But . . . we can't travel back in time and do things right," said Jack. "That's what I wish I could do, but I can't."

Mom smiled. "Well, there is something you can do," she told him. "You can stop moping about the past, which you can't change, and you can make good use of the vacation time you do have left. Make up your mind to use time wisely in the future--not only during this vacation or even just the coming New Year, but for your whole life."

Jack sat quietly for a moment and then began wolfing down his corn dog. "I have to hurry," he explained, "so I'll have time to clean the garage before Dad gets home!"

How About You?
How have you been spending your Christmas vacation?Did you have a lot of fun? That would be good--there's nothing wrong with having fun. But be sure to look for worthwhile, helpful things to do, too. More importantly, how are you spending your life? You're young--your life is before you. Live in such a way that when you come to the end of life, you won't feel like it's been a failure. In other words, live for Jesus now while you're young and for as many years as He gives you.

Today's Key Verse:
Forget(ting) those things which are behind and reach(ing) forward to those things which are ahead.
(Philippians 3:13)

Today's Key Thought:
Don't dwell on failures