Life Isn't Easy

                                      There are some   things that children should be learning in school, but they aren't.  Not   all of these lessons have to do with academics. Here are some basic rules that   may not have found their way into the standard curriculum.  Some (perhaps all) of these should be credited to Charles Sykes, author of "Dumbing Down Our   Kids."

Rule #1: Life is not fair. Get used to   it.

Rule #2:  The world won't care about   your self-esteem.  It will expect you to accomplish something before you   feel good about yourself.

Rule #3: Sorry, you   won't make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And you won't be a vice   president. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a Gap   label.

Rule #4: If you think your teacher is   tough, wait 'till you get a boss.  He doesn't have tenure, so he tends to   be a bit edgier.

Rule #5: Flipping burgers is   not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger   flipping. They called it opportunity.

Rule   #6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your   mistakes. Learn from them.

Rule #7: Before   you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that   way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them   how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from   the blood-sucking parasites of your parents' generation try cleaning out your   bedroom.

Rule #8:  In some schools they   have abolished failing grades.  They'll give you as many times as you   want to get the right answer.  This, of course, bears not the slightest   resemblance to anything in real life.

Rule   #9: Life is not divided into semesters, and you don't get summers off. They   expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And very few employers are   interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own   time. Rule #10. Television is not real life.    Your life is not a sitcom.  Your problems will not all be solved in   30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to   leave the coffee shop to go to jobs.

Rule   #11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for   one.

Rule #12: Enjoy this while you can.   Sure, parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But   someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid.   Maybe you  should start now.   You're  welcome.

I think there are  some good points to be learned by students in the material above.  The message I see repeated throughout is "don't expect for life to be easy."    Interestingly enough, that's one of the messages that Jesus left with   his disciples.  Life for a Christian will not always be easy.  At times, it will be very difficult.  And sometimes it helps just to know that in advance.    "Beloved,  do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as  though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." (1 Peter   4:12-13).

The good thing is,   though, that even when life is not easy, God has promised to provide the strength we need to get through it. Have a great day!

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