Do your kids like roller coasters? I remember the first time I rode one with my daughter. She was scared, but excited. We were slowly chugging up the first hill. My daughter said, “Dad, I want to get off.” I said, “Honey, I can’t stop this thing. You’re stuck. It’s too late.” The real choice to ride the roller coaster is when you get in the seat and lock yourself in. It’s kind of the same way with friends. If you’re out with your friends and they’re up to no good, it’s really hard to turn away and go home alone. The best time to say no to bad stuff is when you pick your friends. Help your kids pick good friends. Bad ones can take your kids on a wild, disastrous ride. The Bible says, “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Suggested Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:33,, Proverbs 13:20,, Psalm 1:1