FOR TEENAGERS

Sports—putting on "the whole armour" of God's care

While I was watching what appeared to be a rather hazardous rollerblading competition, my memory raced back to a time when my children were just as enthusiastic about skateboarding. We even drove to a large city to purchase the headgear, the elbow, wrist, and knee guards, and so forth that common sense required in order to ensure safe landings! But more necessary, we felt, was the recognition of God's ever-presence with us and of our safety in Him. The acknowledgment of this fact is always the best protective measure and not something to be minimized or disregarded.

Lifting our thoughts in prayer to God, good, enables us increasingly to rise above the belief that harm is possible to God's children and to prove that we are never defenseless! Prayer equips us with the certainty of the divine power with us. The supposed vulnerability of man to accidents can be challenged with prayer based on an understanding of God's allness. This understanding acknowledges the enduring presence of good, and man made in God's likeness—safe, complete, wholly spiritual, and spiritually whole.

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