McDowell Technical Community College

Life Lessons


Doug Harrell

James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

The word “lust” can be changed to “evil desires” and might be more inclusive and relevant in the context that I want to write about today.  Lust, evil desires can mean anything from sexual situations to speeding down the road.  The important thing for each of us is to think about the consequences of the actions that we are tempted to do.  Taking that first drink, popping that first pill, watching that movie, reading that book.  We are all just one decision away from messing up big time. These decisions are taking place daily, hourly and sometimes it seems by the minute.  When you plant a seed, it is pretty much a sure bet that you will have something sprout from that seed if it is planted in fertile soil or a fertile mind.  If we take time to look at the fruit this seed came from we will know what the tree will look like if we are really honest with ourselves.  Sin can look so glamorous, so attractive, that it is easy to be deceived if we are not really careful.  As Proverbs speaks so often of raising the children correctly, the main focus is to teach them wisdom.  Hopefully as we age we gain wisdom in many areas of our lives and take the time to think before we act.  Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.  As parents and grandparents, we need to constantly be teaching our families to have wisdom and use discernment in all the things that they do.  To do this we must first do the right things ourselves.  Not long ago I talked about the DRT’s in life, Doing the Right Things.  Our family structure is under so much pressure today that we are letting vital teachings go undone.  We cannot expect our schools, churches or friends to guide and direct the lives of our families, we must take responsibility for this ourselves and set the correct role model for them.  If we leave these lessons for others to teach, it will be like the passage in Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy 7:4 For they will turn away the son from following us, that they may serve other gods: so, will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.   This passage speaks to whom the anger of God will be kindled toward.

We are dealing with a crisis of monumental proportion in our society today with the drug addiction problem that is so prolific in our entire nation.  I read just yesterday where female addiction was up over 400% in just the past few years.  As I was growing up it was the male population that was usually out there on the edge, not so much anymore.  The news is full of stories of females in prominent roles that are being arrested for having sex with minors and things like this.  I am not picking on the female gender because the male gender is even worse, but you just never heard about this kind of behavior from the female side in the past.  We must be in prayer for our family structure today as never before.  There needs to be a complete revival of moral structure in the family and this begins with a renewal of relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The numbers of pastors leaving the field today is horrifying with so many church doors being closed.  Keep praying for revival from the top leaders in the nation on down to the parents in the trenches training the children.    Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, Here I am; send me.

Are you ready to be sent, am I ready to go serve?  We can no longer wait for someone else to do the job, it is up to you and me to lead, and lead first by example.  Remember that our greatest sermon is our