As we are growing up, the people and the way of the world, have a strong influence on our life.
As children, our innocence keeps us from seeing the danger and resulting harm. We are innocent so we think the activities are harmless. We think our parents are mean and cruel when they keep us from joining in on the fun that everyone else is having.
As we grow into adolescence, the sway of the world is ever more attractive, enticing us to explore and taste some of the forbidden fruit. We become like Adam and Eve in the garden. We see the bait, but are blind to the hook!
By the time we become young adults, we have pretty much chosen the direction our life is going to take — unaware or uncaring as to the dark and destructive end it will eventually lead us to.
Praise God that before we do reach our final destination, he gives us an opportunity to turn around and get back on the path that leads away from the darkness and into the light of life.
It is incumbent upon us who have been saved from eternal destruction to encourage others to get off the beaten path and to choose the way less traveled. Whether they heed our warning or not, we have at least reached out to them with the same imperative to turn back, that God gave us — instead of simply standing on the side of the road watching the parade of people marching toward the bitter end.