Letters, E-mail and Faxes
True Love Talks
I appreciated Tim Stafford's answer to the question about speaking up for abstinence ("Love, Sex & the Whole Person," November/December). I recently had to do a speech at school on why I, as a Christian, think it's important to save sex until marriage. I didn't know quite how to express my views, but the Bible verses and encouragement Tim gave helped me know that God wants me to say these things to my class. I'm praying for the person who asked the question. They aren't alone in wanting to stand up for what they believe.
Leaning on God
I was shocked when I read the question, "My Family's Falling Apart" ("Let's Talk," November/December), because my family went through the exact same thing when my father lost his job five years ago. He was very depressed and angry. There were times I wished my parents would get divorced, just so we wouldn't have to deal with him anymore. Eventually, our family learned that God was the answer to our crisis. We learned to trust God for everything. And I realized I shouldn't let circumstances control my faith in God. I'd like to tell the person who asked the question to look to God for help and seek his wisdom and guidance. When I changed my focus from looking at my own problems to looking at God, it changed everything.
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Dealing with "Extreme Emotions"
In your November/December "Let's Talk," Jim Burns answered a question about learning to control your emotions. He forgot to mention that when your emotions are uncontrollable and extreme, you could be suffering from depression. In middle school, I discovered I was manic-depressive, which means I have a chemical imbalance in my brain that makes it hard for me to control my emotions. Jim usually does a great job answering people's questions, but he missed telling people that extreme emotions could mean you have a serious problem that needs medical help.
Thanks for doing an issue on choosing a Christian college (October). I'm a freshman at Trinity International University, and I love being at a Christian school. The people here are great and there are so many opportunities to grow spiritually. Most of my professors pray or do devotions before they start their lectures, and they integrate Christianity into their teaching. I'm so glad I chose a Christian college.
A Cool New View
The "Radical View" on popularity (September/October) was so cool. I've been reading the "Radical View" sections since they were brand new, and this was the best one so far. It made me realize that being popular, part of the "in crowd," isn't important at all. Jesus doesn't care if you're popular or not; he wants you to follow him at all costs. I used the article in my youth group and it went over really well. It's a message a lot of people need to hear.
I want to thank you for the editor's letter in your September/October issue ("@ Campus Life"). I have muscular dystrophy too, and the things Gordon Kennedy said about the kid he knew with MD really made me think. It encouraged me to touch people's lives by being positive about my situation.