A Personal Message from Kel Mitchell

From Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

A Personal Message from Kel Mitchell

I know from my own experience that kids often get into gangs or drugs or other destructive situations because they are bored or lonely, or they feel rejected and angry. They don’t know where to go, or how to develop their God-given talents. And they don’t know that there are other choices available.

There are other choices. Get involved in a youth group at a local church, encourage your school to start an after-school program, or find a Boys & Girls Club you can join. Get involved in sports or a play. We’re all good at something— it’s just a matter of realizing what that is and going after it.

If you’re having problems, or if you see friends going the wrong way, ask someone for help. If you don’t know who to go to, or feel afraid to share the situation with someone that you know, there is always someone out there to help. In the front of the Yellow Pages in your phone book (or in some areas, the Blue Pages) there are 800 numbers to call for advice or help. You can often find a list of issues and problems that will likely include what you’re going through.

You can also pray and ask the Lord to guide you, as I have. You can talk to him any time of the day or night. I pray about things that are big or small, and I truly believe that God will make it happen for me. Although it might not come when I think I need it, or exactly how I expect it, it’s always right for me. He has changed my life, and that’s enough evidence for me that he is real.

[EDITORS’ NOTE: To find a Boys & Girls Club nearest you, call: 800-854-CLUB.]

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