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Freedom and Responsibility (Ecclesiastes 11:9)

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment

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For a creator, God tops them all for giving us free will. Robots for example are being manipulated, it has no choice but to obey what his inventor wants it to do while humans do what they wanted. We are given option to obey God or not. Although God wants us to follow His words, he allowed humans to have a choice and He did not mandatorily forced his creations to go with his will. We are free to enjoy life the way we want it but we must be aware of the possible consequences we might encounter in the future.

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When it comes to age bracket, it is the youth that are most free-spirited. This is the stage of life where they want to explore life. They want to try new things to satisfy their curiosity. They follow what is in the fad. They wanted to be called “IN” and not left behind. One day they will just wake up regretting what they had done. If only they used their money to something that is worth it, if only they did not drink or smoke to death, if only they did not engage in promiscuous sexual relationships, if only they did try to escape premarital sex, if only they did spend more time with God and their family.

Be mindful of what God says. Enjoy life but be responsible enough. Real happiness cannot be found with what this world introduces as it is—money, vices, parties, etc. Freedom has its corresponding responsibility. Live life the way God wants you to not the way the devil tempts you to.

We are all old enough to distinguish what is right from wrong. Use your mind plus the Holy Spirit’s conviction to guide us in which way to go.

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