Don't Burn Your Bridges, And Take Care Of The Upstairs

If I were to provide two pieces of wisdom to the younger audience who read this blog, they would be contained in the above titled statement.

There are sundry interpretations to the first part of the above statement (see here), but for this writer, it simply means to maintain and leave a good rapport with all past employers (and people in general), for you never know when you might need them to provide you with either future employment, a letter of recommendation, or any other help you might need.

The second part of the above titled statement, has to do with taking care of your mind (that's the upstairs!). Young men and ladies, please understand that as you age, your now well-muscled, handsome, gorgeous, and curvaceous body will one day no longer serve you as it once did (that's the downstairs!). See Coffman on Ecclesiastes 12:1-6 NLT.

While you are still young and robust, follow the advice of the wise man in the above Scripture, especially in vs. 6:

"Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well."

Remember, that a mind is a dangerous thing to waste! So, don't pollute it with alcohol, drugs or any other vile or defiling thing (or this could happen). Rather "remember your Creator while you are young." As Bro. Coffman states, "It is a plea for a strong religious faith to be founded in youth as a safeguard against old age."

Young people, as you age, the bottom line is this: Don't burn your bridges, and take care of the upstairs.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets


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