At some point in time we have worn the blinders…blinders that distort …blinders that create a very narrow perspective of our world and how we perceive it.
Blinders that tell us that any student who grows up in a family without a mom/dad or maybe both…doesn’t have a chance to grow up to be a “SUCCESS”. Add on to the story that this student’s mom/dad are not believers and for sure this kid is going to end up on the heap nothingness.
This type of perspective is so incredibly skewed…and it is simply not true. Over many years of ministry I have known (and continue to know) many kids from a home that appeared completely broken. Many people looking in would say. “Well there is a recipe for failure and pure disaster.”
Many students I have worked with over the years that come from difficult home situations rise above their situation. It’s often the kids from the so-called “stable” environments who have the greatest need and biggest “issues”.
Those who have risen above the brokenness have passionately pursued a relationship with God; nothing can stop them—not even a divorce, a unbelieving father or mother, or a culture that screams against them.
Some of the best young people I know come from brutally troubled homes, with parents who hate God. Here is the truth of the matter (now is the time to take off the blinders). Every single person who lives will stand before God on their own account. This means that none of us can pass the blame or pass the buck. We all must make our own personal choice to follow God.
Timothy was a great example of this in the Scriptures. How did Timothy do it? 2 Timothy 1:1-5
First, he listened to his mom and grandma when they talked about the Scriptures.
He didn’t blow them off, he took it in. The Bible says that obeying your parents—in the Lord—is the key to a successful life. (Colossians 3:20)
Secondly, he found a mentor in the Paul the Apostle.
Paul was a wise, older believer who took Timothy and became a second father to him. Maybe you don’t have a believing father in your life. That’s tough—but God can bring someone who can fill the void.
Thirdly, Timothy didn’t buy the lie that his life was destined for failure.
There is no doubt that kids who grow up in troubled homes often feel that they are destined for failure. I know a lot of young people who are often told by their parents, “You’re going to end up just like your Dad.” Or “You’re going to end up in jail.” Or “You know that we never wanted you in the first place.”
Stinging words – hurtful words – false words – untrue words. Young people! Don’t believe the lies. Let’s all take off the blinders…and begin to realize that God can take any life and make it into something beautiful.