It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:12)

TODAY’S TEENS MUST PREPARE diligently as they go through their high school years. The competitive nature of our world requires that young people do certain things to prepare for college or employment after high school graduation. They must strive to make good grades, show a spirit of involvement and service through extracurricular activities, select endeavors that provide experiences related to their aspirations, maintain good attendance, have no discipline problems, and more. College scholarships and admissions, as well as employment opportunities, are directly connected with these behaviors.

Paul instructed Titus concerning his work with the churches on the island of Crete. In these teachings, he noted the importance of sound doctrine, and he explained how Titus should approach the various groups within the church. Titus was to demonstrate and display exemplary behavior to the people so they would develop godly character. And he was reminded to be confident in his mission.

Not only were these things important to the health of the church; they were also important to the growth of the church. The people were to live in a way pleasing to God, while also preparing for a place in eternity. As young people prepare for the next steps in their earthly journeys, like Paul, we should encourage them to make preparations for life in the heavenly realms.

Today, model godly behaviors and attitudes for our youth and unsaved observers in our world.

Hally Franz is a former high school guidance counselor, turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys being a 4-H leader, church secretary, book club member, and traveler.