Jogeephus wrote:I was really disappointed last year with a young man I had been trying to help and mentor. He came from a typical welfare family but he is a good kid and doesn't mind work and is honest and smart as a whip. I saw these characteristics in him and did my best to help him and advise him as I would my own child. He was offered a sports scholarship and an academic scholarship. I advised him to take the academic and with other things he basically had a free ride through college. Just as he entered his junior year I became concerned about his girlfriend and I suggested that he best be careful cause I could see she didn't like him going off to school. Long story short he wasn't. He now has a baby and has dropped out of college. I asked him what he planned to do and he told me it really wasn't that bad at all and it was a lot easier than everyone had told him. He is now on perpetual spring break and has all the time in the world for his hunting and fishing and he even has plenty of money to buy lottery tickets. I saw so much potential in him. He could have done anything. Its a shame we reward failure so handsomely.
Sometimes you can't save people from themselves. I had a lot of extra sons in and out of my house when my oldest boys were growing up. Two of my favorites are in the grave because they made some real bad choices. I counseled one of them for years. I saw him a few weeks before his death @ 27. He told me he was sorry he let me down. I told him it was never to late to change, he shook his head and looked at me and said "this time you're wrong"!