On a daily basis, I see good kids, raised in intact homes being swallowed up by peer pressures, poor decisions, our society and sin and their families being literally thrown into a tail-spin. Often these families wake up and find themselves in a reality that is beyond their wildest imaginations.
“We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” – Numbers 13:30
I know what my God is capable of. He is capable of redemption, restoration, forgiveness, rebuilding, orchestrating, blessing, and pouring out unbelievable love and mercy. Do not give up the land that is your spiritual inheritance, the land you have fought so hard to gain.
I may not know the situation unique to you and your family (believe me I know that your situation is unique, and that crisis is only truly crisis when it belongs to you). Your pain is very personal. What I do know is that the Lord is faithful, and He is at work in the life of your child. Though things change, people change, our children change, situations change, dreams change, images change, prayers change, lives change. There is one thing that is constant. One grip of which we can be sure, one thing that is common to us all, the Lord never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Lord has done great things among us and there is more to do. The Lord can save, forgive, and change our children… He can change us.
He sees potential. He sees the plans that He has for our families, and He says that you are destined for greatness.
“And who knows but that you were born for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14
Here is a brief list of actions known to reduce risky behavior in teens.
- Personal relationship with Christ – not just being forced to attend church on Sundays, but a real personal relationship with their Lord.
- Involvement in School – educational goals and responsibilities are a good use of time and provide great motivation.
- Passionate Pursuits – What makes you teen tick? When do they come alive? Foster that!
- Friends with similar beliefs and values – our peers have such influence on us. Good friends who share our values are a great support in difficult times.
- A two-parent home – our children need both parents. Let’s work hard at making family work.
It is my pleasure to stand my post next to you. He is able.