2009-04-16 / Community

Living Out Loud

Your children and listening and watching

Suzanne Loudamy Suzanne Loudamy "Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we've been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud."

Around the Tri County Leader, we have tagged this column with the initials LOL, meaning Living Out Loud. But this week, and maybe in some weeks to come, I'd like it to take an Internet lingo turn and let the LOL stand for Laugh Out Loud.

I enjoy a daily devotional email I receive called Girlfriends in God. Mary Southerland, one of the authors of the series, came up with a great two-part devotional named "Laugh it Up." With as few copyright infringements as I can, I'd like to share some of what she said.

It began with the Truth of the Day, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" John 10:10.

Maybe you don't think your life is very abundant right now with the economic bellydragging of late. But who says abundance has anything to do

with stuff?

An abundant life is about attitude and you are in control of that. Abundance is not about money or stuff, it's about attitude. You cannot control what the stock market or the employment rate does, but you are always in control of your attitude.

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With the above thought in mind, it is all about choice. Most of us teach our children to make good choices. We give them the building blocks on which to form those decisions. When they are young, we can usually correct them when they make unwise choices. As they grow older, we hope and pray that they were paying attention to what we said or how they saw us model such behavior.

This week at Troup High School, the students saw an incredible lesson in choices. They witnessed the dramatization of a bad choice, a choice to drink and drive, go horribly wrong.

What do they see when they see you? What are you teaching your children and youth about choices they make when it comes to alcohol use? Trust me. They are listening and they are watching.

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If you have a little something to add, please send it to me at repor ter@tricountyleader.com or call me at 903-839-2353.

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