How To Be Really Street Smart!

'How To Be Really Street Smart' book

The Bible is an example of a variety of literature, along with many character types. Within its pages are the stories of real people who lived across an enormous span of time. From the beginning of creation until the last days of the apostles. Their history lives on in the hearts and minds of believers everywhere.

My non-fiction book ‘How To Be Really Street Smart’ shares excerpts from the lives of Old and New Testament faith walkers of the past. Through the analogy of road signs youth are challenged to follow the example of these godly people.

Special scripture is highlighted, encouraging the reader to explore the Word of God for deeper understanding. Below is an excerpt from my book.

Road Signs-we see them every day. And if you’re driving down the street you better pay attention. Why? What’s so important about reading them? They’re not there by chance but for specific reasons. Some are to guide you, others are to prepare you and many are to warn you. If you’re going to be street smart you have to understand the signs and stay aware of what is happening in your environment or your neighborhood.

Let’s focus on one of those big red signs that read WRONG WAY when we’re about to go down the wrong road. Why shouldn’t we ignore that sign? Well, what could happen if we just went on past it as if it wasn’t there? We could crash into another car that may be traveling on that same road but from the opposite direction(the right direction for them but the wrong one for us).

So because we chose to ignore the WRONG WAY sign we have caused an accident, not only harming ourselves but also the person in the other car. Nobody can just get in a car and drive around everywhere making up their own rules. You see, those signs are there for a good purpose-to help you travel safely on the streets, roads, and highways that get you to the places you need or want to go.

Just imagine what would happen if those signs were taken down. It would become chaos within a short time. It pays to be “street smart” or in other words -to know the rules of the road and obey them. Now let me tell you about a man who thought he knew where he was going on the “road of life” but suddenly came upon a sign he couldn’t ignore. (Proverbs 14:12)

This man was a religious leader and believed he had been doing God’s work arresting
Christians and allowing them to be murdered. He had a zeal but he had
been deceived by Satan into thinking he was doing God’s will:
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of

the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2 and asked of him letters to the synagogues at Damascus, that if he found any

who were of this Way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them

bound unto Jerusalem.

3 And as he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shone round

about him a light from heaven.

4 And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him, “Saul, Saul, why

persecute thou Me?”

5 And he said, “Who art Thou, Lord?” And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom thou

persecute;

And he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?”

Acts 9

 

From there Jesus tells him to go into the city and he will be told what to do. The

men with him were shocked because they saw a light and could hear a voice but

didn’t know what was being said. When Saul rose up from the ground he was

blind and the men had to lead him to Damascus.

Though Saul had become blind to the things of earth, the changed man now

heard the voice of the true and living God-Jesus Christ. Finally he realized he’d

been going the wrong way all the time. He received Jesus into his life and was no

longer spiritually blind. Shortly afterward he received his natural eyesight again.

From that time on he was called Paul and became the 13th apostle. Several books

of the New Testament were written by him.

FYI-During New Testament times there was a Jewish group of men called the

Sanhedrin. They were religious leaders that had authority similar to a supreme

court. The Sanhedrin had Jesus imprisoned for blasphemy (claiming to be the

Son of God). This same Jewish council, that gave Saul the authority to arrest

Christians, later plotted to have him murdered because he preached the gospel

of Jesus Christ. In recent times a new Sanhedrin has been formed in Israel.

Did you know? – Paul made many missionary trips during his lifetime. It is

believed he was imprisoned in Rome and then beheaded.

Word on the street-Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:10

 

Why did I write ‘How To Be Street Smart’? For the children of these modern days who have been force-fed lies and half-truths about the Holy Bible. The majority doubt or reject the absolute truth and relevancy of the only book God ever authored. I hope to inspire them to discover the beauty, power, and unity of its words. It’s not a fairy tale. Nor is it science-fiction or fantasy. However, the Bible is definitely the greatest love story ever written.

If you join TLB email list thru June, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a paperback copy of my book. Next time I plan on posting a Christian book review or two. Plus I’ll be sharing an update on my work in progress(WIP). It’s called ‘Alley Rose’. Thanks for coming by. Until then..

What’s a WIP?

I recently discovered what WIP stands for-at least in writing lingo. Did you guess it already? It’s a Work In Progress.  I suppose it could be called Writing In Process too.  Though it may seem easy from the outside looking in, writing a novel is a complex process for sure. Outlining and plotting can be a nightmare for many writers. Often we start out on the writing journey without the aid of a map. Maybe that’s because such writers don’t know where they’re going yet. Because their special story is character driven. Or it could be plot driven. But we need some type of blueprint don’t we?

In the writing community people who just sit down- pick up a pen and pad, or a laptop-and start weaving words into sentences and then finish with a story are called ‘pantsers’. I started out like that but it’s changed somewhat for me. I would be called a ‘plantser’ today. Because I do attempt some plotting and outlining in my writing process now.  Regardless of how we get there hopefully we’ll end up with something that entertains, informs, and communicates-especially faith in a living and holy God.

Jesus Christ-the first and greatest author of all-has many WIPs. Every one of his believers is a work in progress. Through His wisdom and longsuffering He is working to conform us to His divine image.  If we truly desire to be more like Jesus, then prayer, the Word, and worship cannot be neglected or ignored. They must be our priority. He’s the Potter and we’re the clay. He seeks to create something beautiful of our lives. We have to trust the process and yield to His will. After all He knows what He’s doing whether we do or not.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

My next post will be about my present writing project called ‘Alley Rose’. You’re invited to come by and find out more. Join my email list and receive notifications and a chance to win a copy of my non-fiction, paperback book for youth ‘How To Be Really Street Smart.’

Until then…