I’ll never forget the first year that we moved our family to Beausejour in 2007. My oldest son Caleb was going into grade six, and the only one of our four children who was going to be attending the secondary school in town. As I drove him to school, I noticed a group of delinquent teenagers loitering on the sidewalk in front of the school – smoking cigarettes.
I started to say to him, “Caleb, don’t smoke cigarettes!” and explain how bad they were for his health, but before I got the words out, he said, “Don’t worry, Dad, I won’t ever smoke.” Nine years later, and I’m so thankful that none of my kids have picked up this terrible habit that has so many negative consequences that have devastated so many lives, not the least of which is cancer.
May today’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip encourage you to never start smoking cigarettes!
Note – if you do struggle with an addiction to smoking cigarettes (or any other addiction or compulsion for that matter), check out the Overcomers Outreach Canada website for valuable resources that can help you to find freedom in Christ!
Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.