Wed, Nov 2nd - 2:12AM
Hang in there Baby!
1st Corinthians says that God will never burden us with more than we can endure. Take heart when times are tough, God will equipe us to handle the rough seas.
I have been listening to the young people I minister with. The angst and anger and worry. I wish that we could empart the wisdom we gain as we get older to these kids. I wish they could understand that turmoil they feel today is fleeting.
I have had such a sense of urgency where my sons are concerned, such a need to prepare them for what lies ahead. Let's face it, (i remember my parents saying this!) things are harder for todays youth than what I faced at their age. Drugs are more prevelant, we load them up with cars, cell phones, money... but do we prepare them for the responsibility?
We live in an age of "If it feels good then it must be good." Why are we not teaching a more strict code of living? My sons do not understand why I tell them they can't see certain movies, why they can't play certain games, why they can just go hang out in shopping malls etc. I am the bad guy.
God has entrusted us, as parents, with a most precious gift. So why are we so concerned with being their friends rather than their parents? Guess what folks? We can be their friends when they are adults!
Don't get me wrong, as a general rule I treat my boys as if they were adults. Granted, adults with restrictions :) They are young men now and at times we have a relationship that would be more like friendship than parent and child. But they still know that when I say no, I am doing it as a parent. I thank God everyday that he blessed me with two wonderful sons who, generally, are good boys. But that does not mean that my job as a parent is over. I have such a short time left with them that I feel I have to cram all the right morals and beliefs I can down their throats.
My boys are twins and as different as night and day. One is tender and gentle and the other is a rough and tumble "I can take care of myself" type. The first is always quick to tell me he loves me. The second not so much. A few days ago the second just walked into the livingroom and said "I love you guys." He was just passing thru and felt the need to let his brother and I know he loved us. So for all my worries for my sons, God shows me that so far we are doing ok.
I guess God has equiped me to endure their teenage years.
Take heart parents, we can endure!