Back to school is about more than school supplies, new clothes and a return to familiar routines. It is also about good times, social gatherings and renewing acquaintances. But for parents of teens who drive, or ride with new teen drivers, it is also a time of concern.
When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
(1 Corinthians 13:11)
Physical growth is almost non-optional. If a man eats the right food, he will grow. Emotional growth is a lot more complicated, particularly since his emotional development is connected to that of his spirit.
Pictured: Former President Rawlings and his wife at the funeral on Wednesday
Last Friday, for the first time since arriving in Ghana, the streets were silent in Accra. Market women packed up their provisions and textiles from street shops, taxi drivers took the day off and grocery stores and diplomatic missions closed their doors. Friday was also the first time a President had died in Ghana.
There is an old story about two people named Truth and Lie. One hot day, Truth decided to take a swim. Having nothing to swim in, he removed his clothing and jumped in the water in his birthday suit. Lie came along and seeing Truth's clothing on the bank decided to put them on and head into town. When Truth got out the water and realized what had happened, he followed Lie, stark naked.
“If I only knew.”
The words of an anguished mother involved in a car crash in which her young child died haunt us, but also inspire us each day as we work to help make sure that every person – regardless of age – is safe on the road.