Talking With Teens

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"You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them; and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:14-15).

In almost every general conversation I have with adults, the subject invariably comes up of the need to train our youth. Every generation has its unique challenges because teens believe that they are new on the scene and that their experience, because of the progress in technology, makes them somehow different. They say that they have cell phones, computers, MP3 players, Internet, Text Messaging, TV, DVDs, etc., and their parents do not understand them because their experience is so different. Adults to some degree agree with them, in that they say that it is harder to raise children today than it was in the past.

It is clear that although technology development has been great and in many ways has made our lives more productive and efficient, technology is also used in highly negative ways. For example, the Internet has made a ton of valuable information available. It is so much easer to do research and to learn things much faster, but it brings with it the ability to see and read a lot of junk that is designed to deceive people into thinking in very immoral ways.

Proverbs 4 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 4:20 "(20) My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings."

Psalm 57:4-6 (Theme: Sheltered From Ferocious Enemies). "(7) My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises. (8) Awake, my glory; Awake, harp and lyre, I will awaken the dawn! (9) I will give thanks to Thee, O lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to Thee among the nations. (10) For Thy lovingkindness is great to the heavens, And Thy truth to the clouds. (11) Be exalted above the heavens, O god; Let Thy glory be above all the earth."

Today's question. How do we raise children in today's environment?
We have to base the teaching of our children on absolute truth. The teachings of God have not changed over the centuries. It does not matter the technology, or the geography, or the culture. God did not give us one message for this generation and another message for other generations. The message is always the same.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Therefore the responsibility for parents/guardians is to teach our children the word of God. That means that parents should find ways to expose children to good teaching in the church, playground, sports programs, at home, clubs and all sorts of activities that have as their base the word of God.

It is also important to talk with teens about Biblical concepts. They should learn that it is cool to be able to discuss the word of God and that His teaching is not something to be ashamed of. If parents do not take it seriously enough to discuss it with them, then why should teens deem it important?

Lastly, bless your children with God's teaching. "But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it." (Luke 11:28).

Dear God, I pray for all children. Help each and every one of them to be exposed to your teachings. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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