To trifle with hearts is a crime of no small magnitude in the sight of a holy God. And yet some will show preference for young ladies and call out their affections, and then go their way and forget all about the words they have spoken and their effect. A new face attracts them, and they repeat the same words, devote to another the same attentions.

I have seen this happening to often and the long term effects are not good.

AH 57.1

A Little Brother Follows Me

When I was about 10 I had to choose a poem to learn for school and here it is. 🙂

A Little Brother Follows Me

A careful boy I want to be;
A little brother follows me.
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he’ll go the selfsame way.
I cannot once escape his eyes;
Whate’er he sees me do, he tries;
Like me he says me’s going to be-
That little brother following me.
He thinks that I am good and fine;
Believes in every word of mine.
The bad in me he must not see-
That little brother following me.
I must remember as I go,
Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,
I’m building for the years to be
That little brother following me.

It’s amazing how much being an older brother impacts my life, how it changes how I look at what I do in life. If it’s not “My Little Brother” is it “My Little Sister” or is it a friend who’s watching me or listening to what I say? Will what I do and say keep them from coming to Jesus? Will it be a negative impact on their Christian experience? I guess that these are questions that we all need to ask each and every day. But the real question is, do we? Do we even think about what we do and say and the impact that it will have on others? I know that some times I don’t.

“Lord please help me to remember that there are others watching all the time, please help me to be an example of what you want us to be.”

True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. On the contrary, it is calm and deep in its nature. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.

AH 51.2