Sunday, July 24, 2011

You Don't Have to Lose 'Em!

I had a conversation recently where the other mom was trying to explain to me some trouble she was having with her teenager. During the course of the conversation, she made the comment that "you know how teens are; they just all go through it" (IT being rebellion and mouthiness).  Since my teenage daughter was standing there, I felt like I had to say something.  Very carefully I said "no, they don't all go through it".

I honestly believe we do not have to accept what the world likes to term "teenage rebellion" as the norm.  It seems like because they have been slapped with the label teenager, that it is license to excuse all sorts of terrible behavior.  I can say most assuredly that it is not!  I do not have the perfect teen nor am I a perfect parent but I can say that without a doubt, our eldest becomes more of a blessing to me every day she is on this earth.

One thing I do know is that the Bible says that evil communications corrupt good manners. I think a modern day translation may be "birds of a feather flock together".  We simply cannot allow our children to hang out with the world and expect them to come home uncorrupted. Like it or not, it will affect them. So, if I have any advice at all for those coming up on the "teen" years, it would be to NOT drop your standards simply because they're a teenager.  Continue to inundate them in God's Word.  Watch carefully who they hang around and intervene when necessary.  Keep them out of the world and it's pursuits.  Find a good church and be faithful to it.  Keep the lines of communication open.  Most importantly, pray fervently. The devil wants our young people!

I am ever so thankful for our church, our pastor, our youth pastor, our teen group and the high standard required to be a part of it! Teen groups in general scare me. They tend to be a  breeding ground for dating and worldly activity. Ours is not. And that doesn't make us better than anyone just means that the leadership really strives to keep a clean group and uphold godly standards. I appreciate that.

Please enjoy this video of our youth choir singing "Trading This Old Cross in for a Crown". I apologize for video quality; it was taken with my phone!

© Adorning Grace 2011

1 comment:

  1. You are right, Karen. That "stage" is only the result of being indulged. And yes, you have to give them either godly companions or NO companions. There are worse things than having no friends.
    "...'tis better to be alone than in bad company."
    ~ George Washington
    It's not a Proverb, but just as good. :)


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