Some of the scariest events in my life have been watching my boys become teenagers. Observing as they go through the stages of becoming young men and no longer ‘just children’. I read some quotes this morning which say:
First mother of a teenager “my daughter doesn’t tell me anything. I’m a nervous wreck!” Second mother of a teenager “my daughter tells me everything. and I’m a nervous wreck!”
When children stop asking where they came from and start refusing to tell you where they are going, you know they are growing up.
The best substitute for experience is being a teenager.
All joking aside my boys tell me I am to old to understand them. To which I ask the questions “why? has being a teenager suddenly changed?” “has the world changed so much that there is now no temptations. peer pressures, curiosity that they are going to face they will not be able to deal with?” “is relationship with God and obedience to Him now such a common occurrence that everyone they meet in life is going to have their best interest at heart?”
Do they (my boys) without guidance understand all they need to know about life, God and growing up?
I’m not sure why I am sharing this but it is what God placed on my heart as I contemplated the whole event of ‘Fathers Day’ and my responsibility as a father of three well-behaved, level-headed children. How scary will it be when Ashleigh (my daughter) becomes a teenager (I might leave home for those years)
Contemplating my thoughts lead me (as it usually does) to ask the question,
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
It is good for teenagers to submit to discipline Lamentations 3:27
We must teach our teens to see God in all aspects of life. Everything is the right time to teach them. Deuteronomy 6:7
We have a responsibility as parents to show our teenagers the right way to live. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
The model for our parental teaching must be Jesus Christ. Matthew 4:23
When we teach we should expect to see results in the attitudes and actions of our teenagers. Matthew 7:24
Practicing obedience becomes the solid foundation to weather the storms of life for teens. James 1:22-27
The quality of our faith will define the quality of our teenagers faith. What they see they will mimic. 2 Timothy 2:24-25
I don’t know if this post will register with anyone else but I sat this morning to consider the enormity of fatherhood and the responsibility I have in helping God shape the lives of my children I needed to share it for my benefit.