I have up football and track. Two of my cousins went on to play at the same major university. One winning a national title, and the other is currently in the NFL. My mother ( I think unknowingly ) re-opens and pours salt in an old wound,always telling me about the latter and that he was down visiting or on TV. I'm very happy for him,and don't begrudge him. But it serves as a reminder of possiblities that I have shoved waaaay back into my mind. A few friends have also gone on to major schools as well. My coaches called our house endlessly.
I want to thank the elders for stepping in and 'helping' my mother see the dangers of football per 1 Corithians 15:33 For me that was tough at the time. I played since I was a kid and then suddenly had the rug pulled from under me as a Senior. The letters stopped coming and coaches were pretty at a loss as to what my 'deal' was.
Turned down possible dates and girlfriends. I mean,how do explain to someone you can't be out late because you have to gon in service Saturday morning ? Whaaaaaaat ??
Did no prom,no dances. Nothing.
I eventually entered college ( on my own dime ). I was a good student as well. I mean why let someone offer you a fully-paid 4 -year ride,when you can stock inventory at CompUSA,eat ramien noodles, and try to pull the money out of your a$% ? I then left college,because as I was ALWAYS told why invest in college or satans system when it will not be around in the near future ? So I worked part-time at my current job for at least 7 years ( when I could have been working FT ) in order to schedule work around my meetings. What a waste of my time and life !
I'm currently saving and looking at houses. I was advised that buying a house would be a bad investment in this system by at least 2 brothers. They said I wouldn't want to get into that kind of debt. Plus the friends may see it as materialistic. I now realize who gives a SH^% what the friends think or would have thought.
I've worked at an airline for the past 10 years,but have limited myself to traveling much,because the time could be better spent in service. That, and back when I was going,I was told the brothers need to 'see' you at the hall or know whats going on with you if you're away from the hall.
As a recent thread spoke about. These people are dream killers and will suck the life out of you. Literally.
If you're not careful your life can past you by in a blink before you know what happened. Thank god I'm in my 30's, I still have time to save some of my life.