Friday, September 18, 2015


This morning all over Central Florida the big news story was a missing 11 year old boy not too far from my home. As a parent, youth pastor and a frequent substitute teacher in the local schools this story scared me to no end. I can't imagine the idea of my child or one of my students just not coming home at the end of the day. There was a sense of relief when later this afternoon I read that the boy was found safe not too far from his home. It is in this boy's story that I hope all of the students I interact with are able to learn a lesson.

The reason this boy did not return home was because he had missed curfew and so he was afraid of the trouble he was going to get into for being late. Fear is a powerful emotion. Fear causes us sometimes to do crazy things. Fear causes us not think clearly.

If my students learn anything from this story it is that sometimes when we make mistakes or we mess up we have to deal with consequences no matter how scared we are for the punishment. It is when we let fear control us that we often make our circumstances 100,000% worse.

Think about this situation for a second...he comes home a few minutes late. His parents maybe lecture him, ground him or take away his iPhone for a few days. End of story. But instead this boy chose to let fear control him. And his fear caused a massive search of the community. It caused all of the local TV stations, radio stations and social media accounts to be aware of his situation.

So the next time you find yourself in a tough situation, don't let fear make it worse. Don't let fear control you. Understand that your actions have consequences and deal with it, but most importantly learn from it.

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