RAISING POSITIVE TEENAGERS IN A NEGATIVE WORLD
May I say this…
Giving your children an education, a good home, good food and all the comforts of this life, is not the same as raising them.
It is because of this misconception that many parents have substituted parenting for the pursuit of money by all means –
1 Timothy 6:10…
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred (from God’s principles), and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
You’re not a good parent because you gave your children the best education, or because you’re able to provide them the necessities of life…
You’re a good parent primarily because you’re there for them…to model life, character and responsible citizenship to them – Genesis 18:19.
ABOUT RAISING TEENAGERS…
It is not a problem at all to raise teenagers – whether it’s in the 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st century.
God’s wisdom is always available to raise children from one age or one century to the other, for whoever so desires.
In our 40 years of marriage, my husband and I have enjoyed the God-given privilege of raising 6 wonderful daughters (not for ourselves, or the society…But primarily for him…Then he decides what to use them to do for the blessing of humanity)…
And they were once teenagers…in this negative world…
Right now we have a teenage grandson…he has been with my husband and I since he was born..He is not a problem at all, has never been, and will never be…21st Century or not!
When you raise your children with the wisdom of God, they will always turn out the way they should go – Proverbs 22:6.
Raising or training your children with the wisdom of God is simply raising them with God’s Word.
You can never miss it in parenting when your primary tool is God’s Word…I tell you!
This quickly brings to mind three important questions…
Who is training your child?
– Genesis 18:19 – “For I know him…”
Isaiah 38:19 – “…the Father to the children shall make known the truth.” (The most important thing to teach your children are God’s principles for life…)
God told the men in Deuteronomy 6:6-7,
“Write these commandments I’ve given you on your hearts…and then get them inside your children…”
If you’re the one training your child, what wisdom are you using – the wisdom of this world? traditional wisdom? cultural wisdom? intellectual wisdom ? the wisdom of psychology? Or the Wisdom of God
Who are you? What stuff are you made of?
Will the society be better off, or in jeopardy with a son or daughter raised just like you? – Genesis 1:11 & 24.
– “I and my Father are one…” – John 10:30
⁃ “The son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things so ever he (the Father) doeth, these also doeth the son likewise…” – John 5:19
“For the Father loveth the the son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth…” -John 5:20.
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