Steve, a tenth grader, went on a ski retreat, mainly because a girl he liked was going. It was a horrible day for skiing. The ski report called it a hard, granular surface, which meant that most of the snow had melted during the warm days, frozen back at night, leaving a slope of hard, lumpy ice. The horrible conditions, plus the fact that none of the people were experienced skiers, made for a terribly frustrating day. More skiers were on their rear ends than on their skis. But in the midst of the contorted bodies lying on the slope, Steve observed a fellow named Ron who seemed different. Although Ron, too, spent most of the day on his rear, he seemed to have a joy and peace that set him apart, as if his joy didn't come from his circumstances. That evening, Ron spoke about John 10:10, telling how Jesus came to give us an abundant life. Steve knew that Ron had something he was missing, and that night knelt by his bed and surrendered his life to Christ.
Dave Dravecky, formerly a major league pitcher with the San Francisco Giants, faced some intense challenges when doctors diagnosed cancer in his pitching arm. But he wasn't the only one who suffered during his surgeries and loss of an incredible career. His wife, Jan, struggled not only with Dave's crisis, but the recent death of both of her parents. It seemed that her life was tumbling in.
But what made matters even worse was that her understanding of the Christian life was falling apart. As she put it, "I was angry because I felt I had been lied to. The road to the abundant Christian life had been pictured to me as a scenic journey, something like a yellow brick road leading to a wonderful wizard who would grant all my wishes. But where had that road taken me? It wasnt the Emerald City." And for a moment, she thought about turning back to her old life, away from Christ. (Dave and Jan Dravecky, When You Cant Come Back, pp. 79,80, Zondervan, 1993)
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, 43 million US citizens (almost one in five) have an incurable sexually transmitted virus. Some will die of it, others will suffer with symptoms all their lives. (Dobson, When God Doesnt Make Sense.) A recent issue of Jane Magazine (not a Christian magazine) reported that girls who have sex with more than one partner have 500 times the chance of getting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (March, 1999, p. 90, quoted from the book, About Sex). And once you get it, its no picnic. So, if you decide not to save sex for marriage, and one day find yourself face-to-face with a serious-looking doctor who breaks the news that you have a Sexually Transmitted Disease, don't start asking Why me, Lord? He warned you about that lifestyle over and over.