The past two weeks have given me ample time to re-evaluate a variety of different aspects of my life. I am so grateful to have had the chance to sit back, rewind and breathe in new thought and insights regarding this new year.
Here is one brain wave that kept permeating my thoughts:
“Should we really expect teens to have a passionate walk with God.”
“It’s obvious teens don’t really read the Bible…they never bring them to church.”
“You can’t expect much from teens.”
Would you believe I’ve heard all of these statements already this year…and we are only a few days into the year? In fact, many Christian leaders think this way about young people.
There is the pervading attitude that youth are the future and not the present church…and due to this attitude you see many churches dumbing things down so “teens will like it.”
With this underlying attitude is there any wonder why Christian young people are rarely taken seriously?
What’s funny is that the Bible takes a completely different approach. Did you know that most of the key players in God’s grand story of grace and redemption were teens?
Think about it. David was 16 when anointed king. Joseph was in his teens and making his way thru Egypt. Mary was a teenage mother. Joash and Josiah were teen kings. Daniel was a teen when he made a bold stand for God in Babylon. Esther was young when she won the king’s heart, became queen, and saved her people. Jeremiah was a teenage prophet.
Parents of CSC …let me reassure you that God wants to use your child just like he used these “spiritual giants.”
This is where your role comes in…as parents we need to draw a line in the sand. WE have to ignore the voices that are telling us that other life pursuits are somehow more important.
Points to Ponder
- How can you as a parent of a teen, equip and empower your child(ren) to have a significant impact on their school and your neighborhood for Christ?
- Is it hard for you to think in these terms because you personally have been tempted to put off your relationship with Jesus Christ?
- Being the most significant influencer in your child’s life…are you committed to“drawing a line in the sand” and standing up for Christ?