The world today has so many things affecting young people in terms of their development into the leaders they are destined to become tomorrow. Recently my senior pastor at church facilitated a parenting course to equip parents with the right information and tools to parent their children.
What caught my attention is that he didn’t just think of doing the course because it seemed like a good idea. The course was requested for by the parents themselves who are facing challenges with their children, particularly the teenagers.
One of the issues affecting the young generation is drug usage and its addictive nature. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of a drug is,
“a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced to the body“
In medicine their purpose is to heal ailments and restore the body to function in an optimum state. However, many people abuse these substances including other illegal substances to experience a ‘high’ or sensation that seemingly drowns their sorrows. This is a problem the world over as there are numerous cases of drug trafficking and it’s prevalent as seen by the huge revenues generated from selling them.
The sad thing about drugs and other similar addictions is that at the end of the day they do not satisfy your cravings. It’s an endless cycle of wanting more and more and that’s a bad thing. Three common sins basic to men are the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Drug addictions fall under the category of the lust of the flesh.
The opposite of lust is love. Love can be satisfied but lust never is. Love desires to benefit others even at the expense of self. Lust desires to benefit self even at the expense of others. That emptiness that drug addicts want to fill can only be filled by the love of God.
Drug lords in this particular industry capitalize on people’s misery and the pressures they face from the people around them. Some of the reasons why people get involved in drugs are as follows:
- Peer pressure so that they can ‘fit in’
- Escaping from reality
- Feelings of rejection
If you take the time to think about it no one naturally wants to be involved with drugs as they grow up, save for the reasons mentioned above. God designed each of us with a specific purpose in mind to bless those around us and not to harm them,
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
It is apparent that drugs are having a huge influence on many young people and these are issues that need to be addressed. What are your views of drug usage in society and what can be done to help those affected by them?
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