Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ.
Take time to pray. In fact do not go a day without praying. Why? You need to keep Christ 1st in your life. You need to rely upon Christ for the challenges you face. Don’t try to figure things out on your own without Christ. Life has many pitfalls and Satan will do everything in his power to keep you from living a life that honors God, so keep God 1st. He needs to be your highest priority.
You have some choices to make and you need to make the right choices for those in your community are watching you. They are watching to see who this God is whom you worship. They are watching to see if you are all the rest of the religious people, all show in public as if they are God’s favorite child. But when they think no one is looking, they are just like everyone else, they lie, cheat and steal.
Yes you need to make good choices so that those watching you, see Christ in you. God wants people to see you living a life that honors him. This means not just in what you do but in what you talk about. They need to hear the good news from you. They need to hear how Christ has changed your life and how you rely upon Him for everything. So can you do this? Can you live this like this? I hope so. (A rewrite of Col. 4)