She was excited for the night. Dancing to the music blaring from her radio, she finished straightening that last section of hair. Finally, when her makeup and hair looked just right, she slipped on her outfit that had patiently hung all day, and bolted out of the front door. After miraculously squeezing into a car packed with her girl friends, the car sped off, heading towards a weekend that promised unforgettable fun.
The following Sunday began late. Waking up at nearly 3 pm, the day half gone, she shuffled into the kitchen and stared at the contents in the refrigerator. Her father, who sat at the table reading the paper, took one look at his daughter, and with great hesitation, mumbled, “So, did you have fun this weekend?”
With an all too familiar answer, she replied, “I don’t remember.”
Given that 79% of teenagers in America reach a drunken state simply because it “feels good”, the story above represents the lifestyle of so many young adults (Discovery Fit & Health).
I’m not quite sure what saddens me the most: the fact that 79% of teenagers are getting drunk on a regular basis, or the fact that 79% of American teenagers define “fun” as wiping away the memory of crucial years of their lives.
Fun, apparently, is a relative term. To the majority, fun involves losing all judgment, making careless and regrettable decisions, risking safety, placing one’s future in jeopardy, and losing all memory of time spent with friends.
What better way to spend the highlight of one’s youth than to blot out some of the most precious laughs and moments with a few drinks of alcohol, or few minutes of inhaling/injecting drugs? Or so 79% of American teenagers think.
We know, from God’s word, that life is “but a vapor”, vanishing ever so quickly as if fading in the blink of an eye (James 4). To that 79%, such news is inspiration to lose all control, destroying mind, body, and soul. After all, life’s short, might as well live it up.
My question to you: since when did living a short life become a reasonable excuse for a ticket to self-destruction?
God advises against lingering over wine, as he knows “wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler” (Proverbs 20:1). But even more than abstaining from drunkenness, God desires for us to live happy and fulfilled lives (Psalm 37:4).
I challenge each of you, each of us, to redefine “fun” apart from the world’s standards. Be of the 21% who choose to pursue fun weekends spent with uncontrollable laughter, late nights of chick flicks, inventing new and delicious deserts, playing silly games, going on adventurous trips to the city, capturing the moments with ridiculous pictures, or prank calling a friend or two.
Choose to be of the 21% who will actually remember these precious years. After all, every night spent with friends in this one life is a night to remember.