My observations of people- most especially youths brought to my knowledge a phenomenon i call acquired lifestyle.
The art of adapting to a lifestyle that is neither part of a person’s nature nor nurture. We can also define it as a personality or attitude towards life that one learns and imbibes.
A person’s personality can only be a product of two things.
- The trait inherited from the parents
- The circumstances that surrounds upbringing.
But when a person attains the age of youth, his/her personality begins to change (knowingly or unknowingly) in accordance with experiences, exposure and/or decision. The person begins to practice something new and eliminate some practices.
A lot of things are at stake during this period, for example; the person’s beliefs, lifestyle, relationships, behaviors and attitude.
It is like a car that gets to two roads that diverge, it either takes the road by it’s left or it’s right. It is the road this car takes that decides it’s destination.
This is the reason why the Bible emphasized on youths at Genesis 6v5;
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart from youth was only evil continually evil”
For instance; enjoying the taste of beer, wine and spirits is an acquired attitude (it is only a person not in his/her right senses that gives a kid any of the above mentioned) Could a person have the nature of an alcoholic? Not at all! because consumption of alcohol cannot be a trait. It is during the youthful days that a person finds out that majority of people around him do consume alcohol, probably, then, he may begin to see alcohol consumption as good/normal, then ventures into it. The first time he/she does that, he/she will find it appalling, but instead of letting it go, he/she will trick his/her mind into believing that it tastes good. Hence, the person continues to practice it until it becomes normal.
The same thing applies to sex, drugs, indecent dressing, thuggery, killing, prostitution and so on.
It is because of these attitudes we acquire that we have to fight spiritual battles, fast, pray unceasingly because life becomes difficult, not because of any other thing but our acquired attitudes which have moved us farther away from our Creator. We then loose the full protection, Providence and guidance of our Creator because of the acquired attitudes we believe are ways of enjoying life. What needless pain and suffering we inflict on ourselves.
What sort of attitude have you acquired? Instead of inflicting suffering on yourself why don’t you remain a child at heart. Stop deceiving yourself that these attitudes are your personality and that you cannot help it. They have become your personality because you imbibe them. And Since you acquired these attitudes yourself, it is possible you can shed them. Attitudes makes up our identity. If we have acquired a bad attitude we have a bad identity and vice versa. It is therefore incumbent that we assess the attitudes we have acquired.
To Identify good attitudes, the Bible must be the blueprint of your life. The Bible says that there is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof is death.
Yes, your attitudes might look right and normal in your eyes and that of everyone around you. It might even not be an offense but have you asked yourself what the Bible says about your attitudes, does it smile or frown at it?
The Bible was not made for God’s benefit, neither was it made to benefit the Angels, instead it is part of the grace that we should enjoy. Conform to its standard and the benefits are nobody’s but yours.
Nobody is naturally a sinner, look at a kid, that is how you were made, full of love, goodness and of a pure heart. Having no knowledge of evils like lewdness, pride, greed, corruption and so on. You aren’t any bad boy or girl, you named yourself that.